Driver's license, ID cards OK for flying

Elias Hubbard
January 23, 2018

You'll need an identifying document like a birth certificate or passport.

Anyone needing to fly domestically after October 1, 2020, will need a REAL ID-compliant license or a passport.

Some U.S. states granted an extension-including New York-began issuing the ID cards in 2017 as part of a rollout of the federally compliant licenses for boarding a domestic flight.

REAL ID identification cards cost $30, according to the DMV.

PennDOT anticipates that REAL ID-compliant driver's licenses and ID cards will be available to customers in spring 2019, and will continue to apply for extensions from DHS until becoming REAL ID compliant.

Congress came up with the idea in response to 9/11 in order to standardize driver's licenses in all states, the TSA says it's more secure.

Unlike most times when renewing a license, you must go into a field office and also show proof of residency with a utility bill or a mortgage statement, proof of a Social Security number, and bring in a US passport or a birth certificate. You'll also need proof of your social security number and proof of California residency - like a rental agreement or bill.

An original or certified copy of a name change document, such as a marriage certificate or divorce decree, may also be required.

The Department of Motor Vehicles can help. The new REAL ID will replace your current driver's license, you will not need both.

"The thing with the Real ID is you do have to physically come into a field office and apply for it", said Jessica Gonzalez, with the DMV. If they don't have the new card, people will still be allowed to use their passports or military IDs to pass through airport or military base security once the identification card changes take effect in almost two years. With ultraviolet light, the Golden Gate Bridge and Coit Tower will appear.

The shutdown of the federal government does not affect the Real ID process.

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