In 2005, the Real ID Act was created to change the US federal law regarding security, authentication, and issuance procedures for driver’s licenses and other identity documents. The United States Department of Homeland Security states that state drivers’ licenses or ID cards must be accepted by federal government officials for official purposes. The Secretary of Homeland Security defines these purposes as:
- Take off on a commercially-operated airline flight
- Federal buildings are open to all
- Nuclear power plant entry
You will not be allowed to board commercial flights or fly domestically within the United States without a valid Real ID Act-compliant ID. Although this Act was established in 2005, its enforcement was not complete and extensions were not granted. It will change on October 1, 2020. There will not be any extensions and the Real ID-compliant Act fully implemented.
Is everyone going to need a real ID in 2020?
All US citizens aged 18 or older who plan to travel by air in the United States will need a compliant ID. The following are real ID compliant:
- Valid passport
- Passport card
- Driver’s license
- State-issued enhanced driver’s license
- DHS trusted traveler card (Global Entry, Global Entry, NEXUS SENTRI FAST)
- US Department of Defense ID (including IDs to Dependents)
- Permanent resident (PR), card
- Card for border crossing
- Tribal-issued photo ID
- HSPD-12 PIV Card
- Canadian provincial driver’s license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card
- Transportation worker identification credential
If we have a passport, do we need a Real ID?
You don’t need to bring your passport for domestic flights. However, you should have a valid ID card or card. The Real ID Act may make your driver’s license or any other ID invalid. To fly within the United States, you must have a passport or update your ID.
A passport is possible for those who do not possess a Real ID but plan to fly domestically. You can choose between a routine passport or an expedited passport depending on how quickly you need it. Routine passports take approximately. It takes approximately 12 to 16 weeks for a routine passport, depending on how many applications you have. An expedited passport service can take 4 to 6 weeks if expedited through the postal office, or 24 hours if expedited via a passport expeditor agency like Emergency Passport San Antonio. The government charges are not included in the 24 Hour Passport or Visas fee. This fee is charged to expedite the processing of your passport application.
Is your ID verified real ID compliant?
How can you tell the difference between Real ID-compliant IDs and those that were previously issued? To find out, take a look at all your IDs. Look for the star at the top of your ID cards. Contact your state’s driver’s licensing agencies if you don’t see or think the star is missing.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, 47 of 50 states are currently Real ID compliant. But, only a few Americans have received a Real ID. Most states have fully implemented the Real ID Act and are issuing compliant IDs. Get your documents updated and checked now.
These expedited services are offered by us and Passports
- United States Passport
- Second Valid Passport
- U.S. Passport Renewal
- Replace Lost and Stolen Passports
- Child Passports
- Passport Name Modification
- Passport Gender Modification
- U.S Passport Card
- Visa Services
Each passport service has its requirements. This step-by-step guide will help you navigate the application process. For more information, visit our site. Or contact our regional office nearest you to answer your questions.
Texas Passport Center offers all passport services and several passport processing options depending on your situation. Whether it’s your new passport, or you need to renew passport in Texas, our professionals are well versed in the details of the passport application process.