Driver Licenses From 5 states Won't be a Valid Form of ID to Travel Domestically

  • Sep 18, 2015 9:30am GMT

Starting in 2016 (exact date not announced) your driver's license won't be good enough to get you on a domestic flight in the United States.... Yes I said DOMESTIC if you have a driver's license from New York, Louisiana, Minnesota, American Samoa or New Hampshire.

This all stems back from 2005 when the "Real ID Act" went into affect and since 2005 has been implemented in stages. This is huge since on average 38% of Americans actually do not hold a passport. However, not to worry if you don't have a passport “Acceptable” IDs not only include passports and passport cards but, as well as permanent resident cards, U.S. military ID, and DHS trusted traveler cards such a Global Entry and NEXUS.

We are told once a official date is set for 2016 there will be a 3 month grace period where TSA will be reminding passengers of this new rule and travel requirement, allowing admittance, but not after a wag of the finger.

As always, keep in mind children under 18 years old do not need ID when traveling with a companion, and this current rule will remain in affect.