The Transportation Security Administration announced today 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.
REAL ID-compliant licenses are marked by a star on the top of the card.
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 with the Patti Arroyo show on NewsTalk K57, Guam Department of Revenue and Taxation director Dafne Shimizu said REAL ID is not just required for off-island travel but also for entrance to the military bases on island.
Shimizu also said that residents applying for REAL ID should be aware that the federal Social Security portal goes down at 3:30 p.m. and once this happens those in line would have to back the following day. She said that DRT can do nothing about this because this is a federal portal.
Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act complies with the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the federal government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.”
The Act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards and prohibits federal agencies from accepting licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards for official purposes, such as at airport security checkpoints.
The regulations established the deadline of October 1, 2020, to ensure full enforcement of the REAL ID Act. States have made considerable progress in meeting this key recommendation of the 9/11 Commission.