Beginning on October 1, 2020, everyone who is 18 years and older will be required to have a REAL ID to take a domestic flight. This will mostly affect cruise travelers who take closed loop cruises without a passport.
You will need one of the following forms of ID to take a domestic flight in the U.S. starting in October:
- Driver’s licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles that are REAL ID compliant*
- U.S. passport
- U.S. passport card
- DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
- U.S. Department of Defense ID, including IDs issued to dependents
- Permanent resident card
- Border crossing card
- State-issued Enhanced Driver’s License
- Federally recognized, tribal-issued photo ID
- HSPD-12 PIV card
- Foreign government-issued passport
- Canadian provincial driver’s license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card
- Transportation worker identification credential
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
- U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential
*REAL ID compliant cards are marked with a star at the top of the card. If you’re not sure, contact your state driver’s license agency on how to obtain a REAL ID compliant card.
For info on all 50 states, including where to obtain a REAL ID, visit the DHS REAL ID website and click your state on the map.
A few states (Michigan, Vermont, Minnesota, and New York) issue REAL ID and state-issued enhanced driver’s licenses, both of which are acceptable. Washington state issues enhanced driver’s licenses only.
State-issued enhanced driver’s licenses are marked with a flag. These documents will be accepted at the airport security checkpoint when the REAL ID enforcement goes into effect.
Legacy Ohio driver’s licenses have a gold star marking on the card, however REAL ID compliant Ohio driver’s licenses have a black cut-out star. If you are not sure whether your card is compliant, contact the Ohio driver’s license issuing agency.
The REAL ID Act was passed by Congress in 2005 after a recommendation from the 9/11 Commission. It will finally go into effect on October 1, 2020.