There are important travel changes coming soon for ID requirements in the US and we want to make sure you are prepared for your next trip! Starting Jan. 22, 2018*, Americans with a form of identification that does not meet the requirements under the REAL ID Act will not be able to use those forms of ID for air travel.
*UPDATE: New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts all have an extension for REAL ID enforcement, allowing Federal agencies to accept driver’s licenses and identification cards from any of these states at Federal facilities, nuclear power plants and federally regulated commercial aircraft until October 10, 2018.
Starting October 1, 2020, every air traveler will need a REAL ID-compliant license, or another acceptable form of identification, for domestic air travel.
To travel, Americans will need to use a traditional passport or the passport card. While the passport card cannot be used for international travel it is REAL ID compliant and can be used to enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda.
If you have a trip coming up (yes…school vacation will be here before we know it), now’s the best time to renew your passport. Most countries require your passport to be valid for a minimum of six months, and at least two blank pages for stamps and visas.
It can take up to 4-6 weeks to receive your new, updated passport and (good news for you) processing times are typically shorter between September and December, with a big rush of passport renewals coming in January and bottle-necking the system, especially with the REAL ID’s changes.
Learn more about renewing your passport.
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