Check your driver's license

Airport Security is going to require a new, REAL ID Drivers’ License.

check your drivers licence

Beginning on October 1st, 2020, airport security will send you home if you only have your old driver’s license as ID and are over the age of 18.  TSA will require an enhanced, REAL: ID-compliant  driver’s license.  The nickname for this new ID is ‘the star card’ because they have a gold or black star on the top right-hand corner.  The new licenses are more tamper-proof than the old (condolences to you teenagers with fake IDs). Passports, Global Entry, Trusted Traveler and permanent resident cards will still be acceptable alternatives.  For international travel, you will need a passport.

In many states, you may have received your Real ID when you last renewed your license.  Check for a star on the upper right-hand corner.  If you are missing a star, go to your DMV and present documents proving your age and identity.  You can check online with your state, but most accept the following:

  • A birth certificate or passport
  • Social Security card or tax form such as a W-2, and
  • Two proofs of address.

Note: If you’ve changed your name through marriage, you’ll need a marriage certificate.

Some states were initially reluctant to issue the new IDs because of cost and privacy concerns.  The Federal government prevailed.  Maine, Oregon, Oklahoma, Idaho and Kentucky have only offered the new ID quite recently. If your license is from one of these states, you probably need to get it updated. If you do not use your driver’s license for ID at airport security, your old license is valid for driving until it expires.

If you have pulled out your wallet and have no star on the top right corner of your driver’s license, the clock is ticking!

To check the compliancy of your state click here.