As a travel agency, our job is to keep you informed about changes in the travel industry. If you have traveled through any major airport in the past couple months, you may have noticed a TSA announcement about the REAL ID Act. Here is a brief description of the REAL ID act and how it affects you.

What is the Real ID Act?

The Real ID Act is a federal law that requires state driver’s licenses and ID cards to be accepted by the federal government for “official purposes“. The Secretary of Homeland Security has currently defined “official purposes” as boarding commercially operated domestic airline flights, entering federal buildings, and nuclear power plants. The REAL ID Act also helps secure domestic flights and federal facilities by increasing regulations on IDs to deter forgery. This new law goes into effect October 1, 2020.

How does it affect Indiana?

Indiana is one of 23 states that are fully compliant with the REAL ID Act (It is called the Secure ID in Indiana). When the new law goes into effect on October 1, 2020, you will need to make sure that your license meets the standard. A Secure Indiana ID has a star in the top right corner. When you renew your license, make sure you understand what additional forms of identification you will need to have a license that meets the new federal guidelines, http://www.in.gov/bmv/2953.htm.

How does it affect other states?

If you live in a state that is non-compliant with the REAL ID Act you will have to use another form of identification accepted by TSA (Passport or Passport Card, Global Entry card, U.S. military ID, airline or airport-issued ID, federally recognized tribal-issued photo ID) after January 22, 2018. To check to see if your state is compliant with the REAL ID Act click here.

What you need to take away from this article

If you live in Indiana, you need to make sure that you have a Secure ID driver’s license that is REAL ID compliant (Star is present in the upper right-hand corner of ID).

If you do not live in Indiana, you need to check the TSA Website for accepted forms of identification. If you live in a state that is not compliant with the REAL ID Act you may not be able to board flights after January 22nd, 2018 using your state issued ID alone.

If you have any questions, please contact me at Timon@Mennotrav.com