What is the REAL ID Act? From Oct 1st, 2020 every US air passenger aged 18 or older will need to have a REAL ID compliant driver's license, or another acceptable for of ID such as a valid US passport to fly within the United States. Be sure to check to see if your ID has a star on the upper right hand corner that signifies it's REAL ID compliant. Need assistance with a US passport renewal or first time US passport traveldocs.com can help you apply for a US passport in as little as 24 hours. The REAL ID Act, which was passed in May of 2005 after a recommendation from the 9/11 Commission, set requirements and standards for state driver’s licenses and ID cards to be accepted at federal facilities and at airport security checkpoints. When will I be impacted? DHS originally planned on a Jan. 22, 2018, deadline. The official rollout was then pushed back to Oct. 1, 2020. Starting then, the DHS and TSA will only accept REAL-ID compliant IDs and licenses; otherwise, travelers will be required to have a passport when flying domestically. What is the TSA doing? TSA most recently launched an awareness campaign to make sure everyone knows about the upcoming REAL-ID deadline. Travelers will begin seeing new signs at airports nationwide in the coming weeks to remind them that REAL ID compliant licenses or other acceptable forms of ID — such as a valid passport, federal government PIV card, or U.S. military ID — will be mandatory for air travel as of Oct. 1, 2020.