U.S. Travel is working with its membership, other industry stakeholders and government partners to ensure travelers are ready for the May 2023 deadline.

Quick Facts

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security postponed the enforcement date for REAL ID due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, extending the deadline of October 1, 2021, to May 3, 2023. 

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 DHS

Research, News and Commentary on REAL ID

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U.S. Travel Applauds Brand USA Bill Committee Passage

November 17, 2021

U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy Tori Emerson Barnes issued the following statement on the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce passing the Restoring Brand USA Act (H.R. 4594).

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U.S. Travel Applauds REAL ID Modernization Act

July 17, 2020

Several of the bill’s important policy changes mirror U.S. Travel’s own recommendations.

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Travel Industry Welcomes One-Year REAL ID Extension, But Says Longer May Be Necessary

March 26, 2020

The U.S. Travel Association praised the Department of Homeland Security’s Thursday announcement of a one-year REAL ID enforcement delay, but cautioned that a longer extension may be necessary to ensure that implementation won’t further disrupt the already devastated American travel economy.

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