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Traveling with the right identification

Posted at 5:30 AM, Jan 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-10 08:26:12-05

New rules are going into effect this year at the airport. In 2005, Congress passed the Real ID Act, setting standards for state-issued driver licenses and ID. The act was passed from recommendations from the 9/11 Commission.

Come October 1st, you will need a new ID to get past airport security. Your new driver's license or ID will need a star on the top right corner. States such as Florida began issuing new IDs in 2010, while other states like New York and California began in 2017. But states such as Oklahoma and Oregon will not start issuing new IDs until mid-2020.

So, what happens if you don’t have your new ID in time? You could be subject to a second screening which would involve an interview, but you could be turned away if the service is too busy. So, what can you do? If you have your passport, military ID or a state-issued enhanced license you will be let through. The only way to renew your license is in person. You will need a valid passport, your birth certificate, certificate of naturalization and citizenship such as your social security card or paycheck and two different documents that prove your address. Helping you get through security and get to your flight on time.

The deadline to change your ID may be extended, so be sure to check with your local DMV.

Click here to learn more about the REAL ID in Wisconsin.