WHAT'S A REAL ID AND WHEN DO YOU NEED ONE? You may have heard lots of talk about REAL ID and are wondering if you now need to show one to TSA when traveling through airports on domestic flights. The answer for *most* American citizens and permanent residents is... not yet.
California, for example, has been granted an extension until October, 2020 for drivers' licenses issued by the state to be REAL ID-compliant. So, California residents should plan on getting a REAL ID license between now and 2020 -- you will need to go into the DMV to do this, it cannot be done by mail. In the meantime, you can still show either your California-issued license/ID or a passport as proof of identity at TSA checkpoints.
A REAL ID-compliant license is one that meets, and is issued by a state that complies with, the REAL ID Act’s security standards. Starting Oct 1, 2020, every air traveler will need a REAL ID-compliant license, or another acceptable form of ID, for domestic air travel. Visit http://bit.ly/2BJkMim
to learn if your state is compliant and check with your state’s agency that issues driver’s licenses about how to acquire a compliant license https://www.dmv.ca.g...realid/checklist
. The earlier your state becomes compliant, the more likely you will be able to acquire a compliant license as part of the normal renewal cycle.
(As of this writing, American Samoa is the only US state or territory that has not received an extension, and that territory's driver's licenses will not be accepted as a form of ID by TSA as of 2/5/18.)