Each time we leave for a trip, we run through the same checklist to make sure we’ve covered all of our bases and confirm we aren’t forgetting something important. Although your flight may be booked, the hotel is reserved, and your bags are packed, don’t rush off just yet. If you do not have a Real ID, you are not prepared for lift-off in 2023. The REAL ID is a new form of a state driver’s license or identification card, which requires stricter documentation to guarantee the identity of a person. A REAL ID will be required by the federal government for all domestic flights. We want your travel to the Annual Summits and other events to be seamless, this blog has everything you need to know about the REAL ID and how to acquire it.
What is the Real ID?
The REAL ID Act was passed in 2005 after the 9/11 Commission recommended setting uniform standards for states issuing official identification, such as a driver’s license or state identification card. The law doesn’t create a specific form of identification, but rather minimum-security standards for states to use when verifying the identity of someone applying for official identification. Anyone who plans to fly with a commercial airline will need a REAL ID-compliant license, ID card, or another acceptable form of identification that can be found here.
Why is it Being Implemented?
Secure driver’s licenses and identification documents are a vital component of our national security framework. The REAL ID program is designed to lessen the chances of fraudulent IDs being created and used nationwide. Therefore, the REAL ID has been implemented as a more secure credential for accessing certain federal facilities, entering nuclear power plants, and, boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft.
Is There a Due Date for the REAL ID?
Anyone who plans to fly with a commercial airline or access the federal facilities discussed above will need a REAL ID-compliant license or ID card or another acceptable form of identification by May 3, 2023 (the deadline has been extended due to the impact of the pandemic). Your current state identification will be accepted until this date.
How to Get It
Check with your state agency for specific REAL ID requirements. Generally, original, or government-issued copies of each of the following are required to get a REAL ID:
- Proof of identity, such as an original birth certificate or unexpired U.S. passport.
- Proof of Social Security number, such as your Social Security card or W-2 with your Social Security number and the name of your employer.
- At least two documents that prove your residency. This can be a utility bill with your name and address on it or an unexpired driver’s license.
- Proof of all legal name changes, if applicable. This especially impacts you if you have changed your last name due to marriage or divorce. Official marriage and divorce documentation may be required.
Tips or Advice
- Don’t Delay: A REAL ID card will be mailed to you after you provide the appropriate documentation to the issuing state agency, but timeframes vary from state to state, so do not wait until too close to your travel date!
- Check your current identification card:
- Identification cards that do not comply with the REAL ID Act currently are marked in the upper right-hand corner with “not for federal ID,” “federal limits apply,” and other messages indicating that the ID is not REAL ID-compliant
- REAL ID-compliant cards are marked with a star at the top of the card
- Utilize online resources before going to the DMV:
- Some states allow residents to complete an online application for the REAL ID to reduce time spent at the DMV. Visit your local DMV website to see if this option is available in your state.
- Schedule an appointment at your local DMV in advance as wait times can be lengthy
- Read the DMV checklist online, guidelines vary by state, and the checklist specifies the supportive documents you must provide
- States have different prices for Real ID-compliant driver’s licenses and ID cards. In most areas, the cost is the same as renewing or obtaining a standard new license or identification card. However, Real ID fees include supplemental charges in some states.
- The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will also accept passports, passport cards, and several other types of identification — check out the complete list here
- If you have any of those types of ID, you won’t need to have a REAL ID-compliant state identification card
- Enhanced driver’s licenses from Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Vermont, and Washington may also be accepted instead of a REAL ID
- State-issued enhanced driver’s licenses are marked with a flag. These documents will be accepted at the airport security checkpoint when the REAL ID enforcement goes into effect.
We look forward to seeing all of our Members, their teams and VIP Guests at our Summits in 2023 and beyond, so make sure you’re planning ahead to travel in 2023!
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