Today, the Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Jeh Johnson, delivered a statement on the final phase of implementation for the REAL ID Act. Many have worried that Phase 4 – stopping a person with a non-compliant ID from boarding an airplane – is just days away. That is not the case, however. In fact, travelers will have until January 22, 2018.
In his statement, Secretary Johnson emphasized,
“Right now, no individual needs to adjust travel plans, or rush out to get a new driver’s license or a passport for domestic air travel. Until January 22, 2018, residents of all states will still be able to use a state-issued driver’s license or identification card for domestic air travel. Passengers can also continue to use any of the various other forms of identification accepted by TSA (such as a Passport or Passport Card, Global Entry card, U.S. military ID, airline or airport-issued ID, federally recognized tribal-issued photo ID).
Travelers are encouraged to check the REAL ID compliance status of their state on the DHS website and review TSA’s list of acceptable forms of identification. Travelers may also check with their state’s driver’s licensing agency about how to acquire a REAL ID compliant license.”