Have you heard of Real ID? It is not a passport, a driver's license, or even an ID card. Real ID is actually a law (The Real ID Act) that was passed by Congress in 2005 in order to combat terrorism and identity theft, according to the website . The law goes into effect on October 1, 2020. You might already have the proper identification to comply with the law, but it’s always helpful to stay informed.
If you plan to travel by plane, cross the border into Canada or Mexico, or access federal facilities, like JBLM, your standard issued driver’s license or ID card won’t work on and after October 1, 2020. However, your standard driver’s license or ID card will
work for travel within the U.S., such as driving or riding a train across state lines.
REAL ID Compliant Identification
Check the list below to see if you have one of the acceptable ID’s. If you do, you’re good to go for plane travel, border crossing to another country and access to government facilities on and after October 1, 2020.
What if I don’t have the required ID listed?
- U.S. Passport
- U.S. Passport Card
- U.S. Military ID
- Enhanced Driver’s License
- Enhanced ID
- Federally Recognized, Tribal-Issued Photo ID
- Foreign Passport
- Permanent Resident Card
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Employment Authorization Card
If you don’t have the required identification, and you often travel to where it's required, you’ll need to obtain one of the IDs listed above. We suggest getting ahead of the crowd and starting the process sooner than later. You may have to search for birth certificates and other documents in order to apply for an approved ID. As with most things, preparation is key. Thanks to for this helpful information. Check out their website to learn more. Safe travels!