U.S. Travel is working with its membership, other industry stakeholders and government partners to ensure travelers are ready for the October 2020 deadline.

Quick Facts

On October 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will implement the last phase of REAL ID enforcement that will require Americans to present REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses or another acceptable form of ID to go through airport security.

As of October 2019, an estimated 99 million Americans do not have a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or an acceptable alternative identification (e.g. passport), and a majority of Americans (57%) are unaware of the October 1, 2020 deadline for enforcement. This could mean tens of millions of passengers are turned away on October 1, 2020 for not having the necessary documents to fly.

U.S. Travel will continue working with its industry partners and the administration to educate the public, and will advocate for policy changes that allow for other forms of identification to be used in place of a REAL ID at airport security checkpoints, including biometric screening and Trusted Traveler Programs.

Find answers to frequently asked questions from TSA or learn more about the REAL ID Act from DHSIf you are interested in learning about REAL ID in your state, click here

Research, News and Commentary on REAL ID

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Barnes to Senate: "Americans Are Simply Not REAL ID-Ready"

October 17, 2019

U.S. Travel's Tori Barnes testified before a Senate subcommittee Thursday on the looming October 1, 2020 deadline set to hit American air travel. 

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Friday Check-In

Friday Check-In | October 4, 2019

October 04, 2019

In this week’s Friday Check-In, we highlight an industry-wide initiative that U.S. Travel has launched to ramp-up awareness on REAL ID requirements ahead of next year’s enforcement deadline,...

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Roger Dow Joins TSA, Other Travel Industry Leaders to Raise Awareness of REAL ID Deadline

October 02, 2019

On Tuesday, U.S. Travel's Roger Dow joined officials from the TSA and other travel industry leaders for a press conference on REAL ID at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

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