The provisions of the ‘Real I.D Act’ of 2005 will soon be coming into effect. Following on from our last update in May, here is the latest on the ongoing compliance process. This act sets standards for the types of identification required to do things such as board aircraft or enter secure federal buildings and military bases. Many states are already compliant with the measures of the act, in which case the I.D issued by those states will be valid for purposes like boarding aircraft after the upcoming deadline of January 22nd, 2018.
Currently, all other states have received an extension on the grounds that they are making efforts to comply with the act, but because of various state laws or organizational challenges have not been able to yet. Those extensions are set to expire in October. However, this is not necessarily a cause for alarm. The Department of Homeland Security offers extensions for a maximum of one year, beginning in October, so their expiry is part of a routine administrative process rather than reflective of the progress of the individual state.
States that are granted a continuing extension will have their existing identifications treated as Real I.D compliant and will be valid for travel. Travelers using licenses issued by States that are already compliant can continue to use their existing I.D for air travel until October 1, 2020.
A rundown of alternative forms of identification accepted by the TSA can be found here or more detailed information about compliance should be available from your state DMV.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your Travel Manager.