Please note, as of April 28, 2021, the implementation of Real ID was postponed until 2023. For all the overachievers out there, below is what you need to know for when you travel in two years.
Everything you need to know about REAL ID
On October 1, 2021, U.S. travelers must be REAL ID compliant to board domestic flights and access certain federal facilities. If you have travel plans for the fall of 2021, you will want to double check that your ID is REAL ID compliant. Congress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005 to “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses”. The act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards, and it prohibits Federal agencies from accepting identification cards that do not meet these standards. Its purpose is to protect the nation’s transportation system and eliminate terrorism by increasing document requirements.