What is the REAL ID Act? 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.