This time next year, the United States government will require U.S. travelers to use REAL ID compliant identification to board domestic flights and enter certain federal facilities. In layman’s terms, this means you’ll no longer be able to board a plane using your standard-issue driver’s license.
Here’s all the information you need to know about what a REAL ID is, where you can get one issued, and why you should take care of this now instead of waiting until the May 3, 2023 deadline.
What is a REAL ID?
The REAL ID is an enhanced form of identification issued by the U.S. government, typically in the form of a state driver’s license. Back in 2005, Congress passed the REAL ID Act after the 9/11 Commission recommended the government standardize the issuance of sources of identification for driver’s licenses. The Department of Homeland Security explains: