UPDATE April 30, 2021. 

Americans will have more time to get the Real ID that they will need to board a flight or enter federal facilities.  The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday extended the Real ID deadline until May 3, 2023. The deadline had been Oct. 1, 2021, but it was becoming clear that many people wouldn't make it, in part because the COVID-19 outbreak has made it harder for states to issue new licenses.


OCTOBER 1, 2020: A traditional driver’s license will no longer be accepted through airport security. Every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, state-issued enhanced driver’s license, or another acceptable form of ID to fly within the United States.

CHECK FOR THE STAR: REAL ID-compliant cards are marked with a star at the top of the card. If the card does not have a star, it is not REAL ID-compliant and won’t be accepted as proof of identity in order to board commercial aircraft. Stars

NOT SURE ABOUT YOUR CURRENT ID?: Check with your state driver’s license agency to verify that your state-issued ID is compliant.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit www.dhs.gov/real-id or www.tsa.gov/real-id