On January 22, 2018 the Real ID Act moves into its next phase. But it won’t affect any of your planned convention travel for the first half of the year.
The REAL ID Act establishes minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for certain purposes driver’s licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the Act’s minimum standards. – Department of Homeland Security
It impacts anyone wishing to enter a Federal facility, nuclear power plant, or board a plane.
DHS granted an extension to half the states, which will last until October 10, 2018. So until then nothing will change for anyone.
State Real ID Requirement – January 22, 2018
If you live in a compliant state and have a state issued ID (including driver’s license) then you are good to go. Nothing will change for you until October 2020 (see below).
If you live in a non-compliant state you are covered until the October 10, 2018 extension. You will want to follow up on this issue later if you have travel plans after the extension deadline.
Real ID Compliant States
Real ID Non-Compliant States
Children under the age of 18 will not be required to have a Real ID, provided they are traveling with an adult. The adult will need to meet Real ID requirements.
International travelers are not affected by the Real ID Act. You will continue to use your passport as an accepted ID while in the U.S.
State Real ID Requirement Extension Deadline – October 10, 2018
We aren’t sure what will happen at the extension deadline. If all states/territories are compliant then there is no change until 2020. If some states/territories are not compliant then it depends on what the DHS does.
I will post an update post as we approach the deadline. You can also visit DHS’s Real ID site for updates.
Individual Real ID Requirement – October 1, 2020
On October 1, 2020 you will need to have a Real ID compliant ID to board a domestic flight.
If your driver’s license has a gold star on it then it is Real ID compliant and you are good to go.
The next time you need to renew your driver’s licence, check with your DMV to meet their requirements for a Real ID. More proof of identity and residency are required.
You can get a passport card, instead. It is a national ID card and is Real ID compliant. You can order it alone or alongside a full passport/passport renewal. It’ll work for domestic flights. A full passport is still required for international flights.