All U.S. Driver’s Licenses Will Be Valid as Airport ID Through 2020

Happy New Year!

To kick off 2018, today’s tip focuses on a subject that’s had people across the country talking for some time: the foretold end of state driver’s licenses as valid airport ID. As we wrote in October, it was expected that starting in 2018 residents of certain states (at October’s count, nine) would no longer be able to use a driver’s license as ID at U.S. airports. But worry not: As reported by KCRA, the TSA has announced that all U.S. driver’s licenses will be valid for domestic travel through October 1, 2020.

Standards written into the 2005 REAL ID Act still require all states bring their driver’s licenses into compliance, but for the moment, that will not affect airport ID requirements. (For international travel, of course, you’ll still need a passport.)

For more, see Gary Leff’s great post on View from the Wing. And here’s the TSA’s REAL ID page, which as of today has not been updated.

Related: What You Need to Know About New Passport Photos



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