TSA Extends Deadline for Real ID Driver’s Licenses

The TSA has granted an extension to states that aren’t compliant with the Real ID Act, giving travelers from those states until Oct. 11, 2018, to use their driver’s license as identification at the airport. If their states aren’t compliant by Oct. 11, residents will have to present alternative identification at the airport, such as a passport or military ID.

This clears up much confusion as travelers struggled to understand the Department of Homeland Security’s website regarding Real ID requirements. The previous deadline for Real ID compliance was Jan. 22, 2018.

If travelers live in a Real ID compliant state but hold a noncompliant license, they will be able to use the noncompliant license as ID until Oct. 1, 2020.

Twenty-eight states are compliant with the Federal Real ID requirements for driver’s license security. The compliant States are shown in green on the map below…

If you live in one of the yellow states that means your State was granted an extension through October 11, 2018. You may travel with your current license until that date. Some of these States have RealID compliant Driver’s Licenses available now, while others, like Alaska, won’t offer them until Jan. 2, 2019. Each State is different so check your State’s DMV site to find out when you can get a new license. (Note: Real ID compliant licenses have a Gold Star in the top right corner.)

And while it’s expected that a number of states with extensions will be moved into the compliant category in the coming months, we encourage all business travelers to get a Real ID compliant license as soon as they become available in your state.

Despite any extensions, there is a hard deadline for all states to require compliant REAL IDs by Oct. 1, 2020.

The REAL ID Act was passed by Congress following a post-9/11 evaluation of security measures. For a driver’s license or identification card to be REAL ID compliant, the state issuing it must take steps to increase security, such as incorporating anti-counterfeit technology into the card; verifying the applicant’s identity; and conducting background checks on employees involved in issuing driver’s licenses.

For more information, check for updates at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s REAL ID webpage or contact your Teplis Travel account manager.

(Travel Weekly, Travel Skills)

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