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

Friday Check-In

Friday Check-In | November 22, 2019

November 22, 2019

In this week’s Friday Check-In, we’ll provide an update from our fall Board of Directors meeting, discuss the latest steps toward the renewal of Brand USA, and share how we’re helping America get...

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U.S. Travel to Press: Include REAL ID Deadline in Thanksgiving Travel Coverage

November 01, 2019

The U.S. Travel Association is making a direct appeal to the American news media: please mention the October 1, 2020 deadline for REAL ID enforcement in this year’s round of Thanksgiving travel stories.

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Friday Check-In

Friday Check-In | November 1, 2019

November 01, 2019

In this week’s Friday Check-In, we cover our role in two important congressional hearings that help advance our industry’s legislative agenda, as well as our position on the proposed U.S.-Mexico-...

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