REAL ID enforcement date coming up

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Beginning October 1, 2020, each traveler must present a REAL ID-compliant driver's license, state-issued enhanced driver's license, or another acceptable form of identification, to fly within the United States.

The Transportation Security Administration has announced that it has begun verbally advising travelers who present non-compliant licenses of the upcoming REAL ID requirement and enforcement date.

Beginning October 1, 2020, each traveler must present a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, state-issued enhanced driver’s license, or another acceptable form of identification, to fly within the United States.

Individuals who are unable to verify their identity will not be permitted to enter the TSA checkpoint and will not be allowed to fly. TSA has begun displaying signs at airports to remind travelers that REAL ID-compliant licenses or other acceptable forms of ID, such as a state-issued enhanced driver’s license, a valid passport, or U.S. military ID, will be mandatory for air travel beginning on October 1, 2020.

On Guam, the Department of Revenue and Taxation is encouraging residents who need to travel off-island to apply for a REAL ID as soon as possible.

In an interview on NewsTalk K57, DRT director Dafne Shimizu said REAL ID is not just required for off-island travel but also for entrance to the military bases on island.

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Louella Losinio
Louella Losinio is PNC's managing editor. She was a former reporter for the Marianas Variety (Guam Edition) and the Guam Daily Post, former editor-in-chief and co-founder of the Pacific Island Times,. As a freelance writer, she has contributed content to various regional and local publications such as the Marianas Business Journal, Guam Business Magazine, The Guamanian, and Island Times. Aside from her decade-long experience in the media and print industry, Louella has experience in technical writing, education, and nonprofit management.