Starting in October 2020, every U.S. airline passenger will need a REAL ID compliant driver’s license or other acceptable form of identification to fly within the U.S. If you don’t have a REAL ID after October 1, 2020, you will most likely need to carry your passport while flying within the U.S.
A REAL ID is a form of identification that meets increased security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards. REAL ID-issued documents go through a secure identity verification process specifically designed to prevent criminals and terrorists from using fraudulent documents.
REAL ID compliant cards are marked with a star located in the upper portion of the card. The TSA says if you’re not sure about how to obtain your REAL ID, contact your state driver’s licensing agency. Generally, however, to get a license with a REAL ID star, individuals will need to appear at their local Department of Motor Vehicles in person and bring specific documents to prove U.S.
citizenship and residency.
Some airports, including Washington Reagan National Airport and Dulles International Airport are setting up satellite enrollment facilities to make sure travelers have access to necessary identification.