Real talk about the REAL ID (Week 1)

January 2, 2020

OCTOBER 1, 2020

On October 1, 2020 every person over the age of 18 must obtain a REAL ID or another acceptable form of ID if they are planning to fly within the United States, visit a military base or other secure federal facility. Having a REAL ID, the Homeland Security Compliant ID will allow you access to the government offices and the ability to fly in the United States. The new REAL ID is created using new technology making them more difficult to forge or duplicate.

In 2005, the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror and Tsunami Relief (hereinafter referred to as “Act”), passed Title II – Improved Security for Drivers’ Licenses and Personal Identification Cards (also known as the REAL ID).

With the passing of the Act, those state agencies that issue licenses and identification cards, for instance, like the Department of Transportation, are required to request the production of additional paperwork regarding a person’s proof of residency and social security number under the new Act.

The requirements for the REAL ID don’t apply for situations such as:

• Voting or registering to vote
• Applying for federal benefits
• Being licensed to drive
• Access to federal facilities that do not require ID
• Having access to hospitals and health benefits

But, if you want to fly domestically, you do not have a passport or other TSA approved ID or you want to visit a relative or friend at a secure military base or other such secure federal facility, you will need a REAL ID. If you are interested in information for compliance by state, visit the Department of Homeland Security website at: as some states issue an enhanced driver’s license.

Beloved, while it has taken our federal government 15 years to fully implement this Act, all states in the United States must comply by October 1, 2020. If you fail to comply with the Act, it could restrict your entry into some facilities considered federal buildings. Airports, for instance, are considered federal facilities. This Act even affects your ability to board your domestic flight.

For a complete list of acceptable TSA approved IDs visit

Next Week: Frequently Asked Questions About the REAL ID

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