Travel News: Update on the REAL ID Act

There have been a lot of recent updates in the news covering the REAL ID Act and  acceptable travel identification for US-citizens. We’re happy to share the latest with our readers here on our blog, and to clear up any confusion. Contact your Willamette Intl Travel agent if you have more questions. 

Use Of Acceptable ID By The TSA
The following is from the website of the TSA as of this morning, January 8th. If traveling by air, residents from ANY state are still able to use a driver’s license, or any of the various other forms of identification accepted by the Transportation Security Administration (Passport or Passport Card, Global Entry cards, U.S. military IDs, airline or airport-issued IDs, federally recognized, and tribal-issued photo IDs). Adult passengers 18 and over must show valid identification at the airport checkpoint in order to travel.

Rumors And Facts

Rumor: TSA isn’t going to accept my driver’s license starting on January 1, 2016
Fact: DHS is in the process of scheduling plans for REAL ID enforcement at airports and will ensure that the traveling public has ample notice- at least 120 days- before any changes are made that might affect their travel. If traveling by air, residents from ANY state are still able to use a driver’s license, or any of the various other forms of identification accepted by the Transportation Security Administration (Passport or Passport Card, Global Entry cards, U.S. military IDs, airline or airport-issued IDs, federally recognized, and tribal-issued photo IDs. See the full list on the TSA website.)

Rumor: I need to get a new driver’s license or passport
Fact: The REAL ID Act places the responsibility for action on the state, not residents of the state. Overall, states have made considerable progress in meeting this key recommendation of the 9/11 Commission to make driver’s licenses and other identification more secure. Every state has a more secure driver’s license today than before the passage of the Act.

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