Travel insights from Andrea Sedlacek, editor of The Compass

What the REAL ID Compliance Extensions Mean for Travelers

As of October 10, 2018, 15 states and 4 jurisdictions are still not compliant with all REAL ID requirements and have been granted a temporary extension. What this means for travelers is that if they live in one of the 19 jurisdictions that are still not issuing compliant IDs, they have more time to get a new state ID to travel domestically. If a state is already compliant, travelers living in that state should plan ahead and just go get a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or ID card, because starting October 1, 2020, every passenger must present a REAL ID-compliant ID or another acceptable form of ID for domestic air travel.

Here are the jurisdictions that have been granted a temporary extension:

Extension Ends 1/10/19

Though the temporary extensions runs through mid-January, according to the TSA, these jurisdictions are already issuing REAL ID-compliant licenses.

  • California
  • Guam
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Virginia

Extension Ends 3/1/19

  • Minnesota

Extension Ends 6/1/19

  • Alaska
  • Illinois
  • Montana
  • Northern Marianas

Extension Ends 8/1/19

  • Kentucky
  • Missouri
  • Pennsylvania

Extension Ends 10/10/19

  • American Samoa
  • New Jersey
  • Maine
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon

Travelers without a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or ID card by October 1, 2020 can still fly domestically, but they must have a valid passport to board the plane. But to reiterate, if you live in a state that is already issuing REAL ID-compliant IDs, just go get one so you don’t have to think about this continuously confusing topic anymore.

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