The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has begun verbally advising travelers who use identification that is not Real ID-compliant that they will not be able to use it to fly beginning Oct. 1, 2020. 

State-issued Real ID driver's licenses and identification cards meets increased security standards established by the Real ID Act of 2005. The law establishes what data states must have before issuing a license. It also lays out what technology must be encoded in the IDs and what data must be printed on the IDs.

Starting Oct 1. 2020, travelers who do not have Real ID-compliant driver's licenses or a state-issued enhanced driver's license can use other acceptable forms of identification such as a passport or U.S. military identification to fly within the United States. 

"Real ID implementation is a little more than a year away -- now is the time to prepare," said TSA acting deputy administrator Patricia Cogswell in a statement.

Since April, TSA has displayed signs at airports to remind travelers about the Real ID requirements.


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