Have you looked closely at your driver’s license? If not, you might want to take a good look – especially if you want to board a plane in the U.S. starting in the fall of 2020.
Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, air travelers in the United States must present a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, state-issued enhanced driver’s license, or another acceptable form of identification, to verify their identity and proceed through the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)’s checkpoint security screening to board an aircraft. This requirement stems from a 2005 law – the REAL ID Act – that Congress passed following a recommendation from the 9/11 Commission. The law called on the federal government to “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.” IDs compliant with the law are usually marked with a star in the upper portion of the card.