REAL ID Act of 2005 - Impact On Driver License Use as Travel Security ID
If you’re planning to fly after 22 JAN 2018, you may not be able to use your driver’s license as a form of identification to get through security. Also, its use in accessing Federal facilities inclusive of military bases or entering nuclear power plants. That’s thanks to the REAL ID Act of 2005, which everyone in the travel industry is hoping you — and the other 719 million passengers who fly domestically every year — have heard about. The law, a counterterrorism measure that followed 9/11, calls for states to issue driver's licenses with more security features — such as scannable bar codes and digital photos. They will be required for people to board any commercial flight and enter federal facilities and military bases.
Passports or other approved forms of federal identification — such as a border-crossing card, U.S. military ID, TSA Pre-Check or Global Entry card — can be used as an alternative. Other alternative ID that will be accepted by TSA is listed at https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification. You will need this alternative ID if you live in one of 24 states that have yet to add the security measures to the driver's licenses they issue. And you may need to get a new, updated license if you live in one of the states that already offers them. Enforcement begins on 22 JAN. You can check your state’s status on the Department of Homeland Security website's interactive map at https://www.dhs.gov/real-id. Some states have been granted extensions to make their licenses compliant.
Yours in service,