Beginning October 1, 2021, anyone planning to fly (even within the United States), visit a federal building, or visit a military base will be required to show identification that is REAL ID compliant (or show another acceptable form of identification, such as a passport). With this new Department of Homeland Security program, standard issue driver’s licenses used as a form of identification will no longer be accepted for domestic air travel within the United States.
Depending on the itinerary and method of travel for our Happy Travelers trips, our travelers may be affected by this new requirement. Does your driver’s license have the star in the corner as indicated by the red arrow on the sample license above? If not, please read on to find out more information about the Real ID.
What is Real ID?
According to the Department of Homeland Security, The REAL ID Act establishes minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for certain purposes driver’s licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the Act’s minimum standards. The purposes covered by the Act are: accessing Federal facilities, entering nuclear power plants, and, boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft. Here is some more information:
What documents do I need to get a Real ID?
Here is a link for more information on what documents are acceptable as proof of ID in order to get your Real ID:
If you are unsure about whether or not a Real ID is required for your Happy Travelers trip, please call the office at (920) 322-3635.