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Flying Within The U.S.

Is TSA now requiring people to have the Real ID cards now to fly domestically? My CA drivers license does not meet that criteria and I found out yesterday that I need to fly to Kansas City next week. I prefer to not take my passport, but I will if necessary. Thanks!

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1103 posts

Not yet. I flew last week out of New Orleans with my Louisiana driver's license, which is NOT a Real ID. But check locally. I believe that the TSA is making individual exceptions to specific states on a case-by-case basis.

Posted by
6872 posts

Hi Andrea,
The Federal rule states that you will not be able to use your Drivers License to board a domestic flight (or to enter a secure Federal facility) after October 1, 2020, BUT you will be able to use your passport instead.

I'm going to get my license updated soon, even though my passport can serve as a backup, since a) I'm happy for any excuse to get a new Drivers License photo and b) I'm likely to forget to bring my passport on a domestic flight.

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7733 posts

States are requiring that you bring additional paperwork with you to renew your driver’s license so that it will comply. Or bring your passport.

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3491 posts

If you have Global Entry an ID card was provided with that which conforms to Real ID standards. You can use it in place of other ID when traveling through airports. I have done so while waiting for a replacement driver license without any issues.

Posted by
3304 posts

The countdown to Real ID keeps getting pushed back. The most recent pushback is October 1, 2020 as mentioned above. It wouldn't surprise me if the date gets pushed back again as we get closer to 10/1/2020.

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8775 posts

Thanks everyone! My DL expires in November 2019. I'll get the Real ID then. I don't see any point in spending the money to do it now. I have TSA Pre, not Global Entry. Speaking of Global Entry, I have a free app on my phone called Mobile Passport. Using the app I breezed through passport control when I flew from Paris - San Francisco in June.

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9724 posts

"If you have Global Entry an ID card was provided with that which conforms to Real ID standards."

Mark! I did NOT know that! Thank you.

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5786 posts

Homeland Security has been working with States and granting "Real ID" extensions. California has been granted an extention to until January 10, 2019 as of October 9, 2018:

California has an extension for REAL ID enforcement, allowing Federal
agencies to accept driver's licenses and identification cards from
California at Federal facilities, nuclear power plants and federally
regulated commercial aircraft until January 10, 2019.

Oregon has an extension to October 10, 2019 as of October 1, 2018:
To check the status of your state:

Q. How long will an extension last?

A. The length of an extension is determined at the discretion of the

Q: Why are most states receiving extensions for less than 12 months?

A: All but four of the 56 states/territories will be issuing REAL
ID-compliant licenses/IDs by early 2019 and won’t need a full year to
achieve full compliance with all REAL ID requirements.