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You May Need Your Passport to Fly Domestic Next Year

You May Need Your Passport to Fly Domestic Next Year
Meg Butler

You may need to show your passport when flying domestically, beginning on January 22 when the REAL ID law takes affect. On that date, 24 states’ state-issued ID’s will no longer be accepted at any airport in America.

The REAL ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005 aims to “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.” Those who carry state-issued ID’s from states that are listed as non-compliant must fly with a Federally-issued ID, like a passport beginning in January.

To find out if you you live in a state that is not DHS compliant and will need to use your passport, view the DHS compliance map here. If your state is compliant, you can continue to fly domestically with your state-issued ID.


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View Comments (12)


  1. eng3

    September 14, 2017 at 8:08 am

    A little misleading. You absolutely do not need to use your passport to fly domestic. There are many other ID options.

  2. Boggie Dog

    September 14, 2017 at 9:11 am

    ID is not required to fly and that is affirmed in a court decision. The problem is TSA where legal boundaries have been pushed past all reasonableness.

  3. dogcanyon

    September 14, 2017 at 9:24 am

    This makes for a dramatic headline, but since around 64 percent of US adults do not have passports there is zero chance that this will be implemented in January 2018. Not gonna happen.

  4. pdsales

    September 14, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Passports take 4-6 weeks to renew, 2-3 weeks expedited. And you have to send in the old one.

    So I will have to allow for at least 2-3 weeks when I know I won’t need to fly in order to renew my passport at that time?

  5. eng3

    September 14, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Why not just signup for NEXUS or Global Entry. Those cards are accepted by TSA for travel plus give you the benefit of TSA pre and expedited customs

  6. stormlover

    September 15, 2017 at 4:24 am

    Like I told a coworker who wanted to argue the same thing about what’s accepted by the TSA and what isn’t: Feel free to do nothing and take your chances. I, for one, am not going to risk standing there in a busy line, arguing with a TSA agent about rights, laws, and who’s wrong while my flight takes off without me. I got both a passport and a passport card in July for a flight I’m taking right when the January 22 deadline happens.

  7. chrisboote

    September 15, 2017 at 5:10 am

    “ID is not required to fly and that is affirmed in a court decision. ” … for US citizens

    But you need to prove you a US citizen to avail yourself of this

  8. nycityny

    September 15, 2017 at 8:12 am

    This game of cat and mouse has been going on for years and it is a farce. States apply for extensions because they don’t intend to comply. So you are left with several competing conservative/Republican principles at conflict with each other: the illusion of full security in all cases vs privacy rights and states’ rights.

  9. BC Shelby

    September 15, 2017 at 9:19 am

    …considering I am in one of the “yellow” states, all the more reason to go by train (if that option still exists after Lil’ Donnie’s regime).

    Beginning to sound a lot less like the ol’ USA and more like a certain, now defunct, nation that had U as the first letter in it’s acronym

  10. myisland

    September 15, 2017 at 9:28 am

    DHS wants a Soviet Union internal passport system here?

  11. JubJub

    September 17, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Heee heee. Let’s see how far DHS or TSA gets with messing with Chicago’s cash cow, O’Hare. The fire marshalls will be visiting every federal office building in Chicago…. parking enforcement will be ratcheted up on any vehicle with a federal license plate. Cars booted and towed…. drivers ticketed, maybe arrested…. Occupancy permits revoked for unsafe conditions…

  12. TWAflyer


    September 25, 2017 at 6:46 am

    What is the status of EDLs? They have been good, even from my non-complaint state, for car border crossings of Canada and Mexico.

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