Green Card as ID for Domestic Flights

Old Sep 6, 19, 5:39 pm
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Arrow Green Card as ID for Domestic Flights

It is OK to use your Green Card as an ID on domestic flights after October 1st, 2020? Thanks in advance for your response.
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Old Sep 6, 19, 5:58 pm
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It should be fine.

"If I don’t have a Real ID come October 2020, are there other documents I can use to get through a TSA checkpoint? Other acceptable forms of identification include a U.S. passport...a permanent resident card, and other such options as a Global Entry traveler card."

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/local...343_story.html

https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-...identification
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Old Sep 7, 19, 10:49 am
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It is OK to use your Green Card as an ID on domestic flights after October 1st, 2020? Thanks in advance for your response.
Being legal and being OK isn't necessarily the same thing. It should be fine but depending on where you use it the agent may never have seen such a thing and claim it is not valid. You then have to ask for a supervisor, and if you are lucky they know about it. Happened a few years ago to yours truly in ATL. Had just passed immigration with the card and then the TSA dude claimed it was not a valid form of identification. Rather than force the issue I then just showed him my passport.
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Old Sep 18, 19, 2:41 am
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Hell, I've had TSA refuse my Global Entry card a couple of times over the years. <redacted>.

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Old Sep 18, 19, 4:31 am
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When Green Card is indeed an official identification document for many purposes, I would not use an identification document that costs $540 (as of today) for something that a regular Real ID, which should not cost more than $50, can do.
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Old Sep 19, 19, 7:24 am
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Yeah, I would happily use it and make them accept it, but as mentioned here, you could lose it, so get a cheaper form of ID.
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Old Sep 20, 19, 4:43 am
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Aren't permanent residents supposed to carry their green card with them at all times anyway?

(I have no idea if they do or how it works in practice if they don't).
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Old Sep 20, 19, 6:56 am
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I think they are, and I know many do. I, however, did not. For those who are more likely to get harassed by ICE in places close to the border (or everywhere these days, it seems), I guess carrying it might be necessary.
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Old Sep 20, 19, 9:06 am
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Originally Posted by cafeconleche View Post
I think they are, and I know many do. I, however, did not. For those who are more likely to get harassed by ICE in places close to the border (or everywhere these days, it seems), I guess carrying it might be necessary.
Yes, the law requires the LPR to carry the card with them at all times. However, due to the importance of the original card many LPRs will carry a laminated photocopy and keep the original in a safe location to prevent loss and theft. Of course, the photocopy is not acceptable as a form of ID or official status but it can/does help informally when needing to provide evidence of LPR status (such as having contact with law enforcement, employment situations, etc).
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Old Sep 20, 19, 4:21 pm
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Folks,

While some natural deviation from the subject of the conversation is perfectly acceptable, please let's keep the focus of the discussion on whether a Green Card is a valid ID for domestic flights.

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Old Sep 24, 19, 6:18 pm
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Yes, the law requires the LPR to carry the card with them at all times.
Federal law requires an LPR to carry *either* the card or a copy of their I94 record. Both count as ID for flying in so far as both count as valid ID under Federal law. The LPR card is *likely* to be accepted. I doubt greatly that TSA would cope with someone rocking up with a I94 print out.
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Old Sep 24, 19, 6:53 pm
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A "green card" is a valid form of ID for a checkpoint today and there is no reason to suspect that anything will change between now and the full implementation of Real ID.

For all of the practical reasons above, e.g., losing an original is expensive, time-consuming, and stressful to replace, I would suggest obtaining any of the multiple Real ID-compliant forms of ID which ought to be readily available to you.

One of the reasons is not that some TSA Officer might reject it. On the off chance that this occurs, simply ask for a supervisor.
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Old Sep 24, 19, 10:10 pm
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Originally Posted by JamesBigglesworth View Post
Federal law requires an LPR to carry *either* the card or a copy of their I94 record.
What are you talking about, when I-94 is not required for LPR?
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Old Sep 25, 19, 1:15 am
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What are you talking about, when I-94 is not required for LPR?
Copy of I94 *record*. If an LPR is stopped for ID then the I94 record can serve as ID (according to CBP) and establish SoR.
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Old Sep 26, 19, 5:03 am
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Originally Posted by JamesBigglesworth View Post
Copy of I94 *record*. If an LPR is stopped for ID then the I94 record can serve as ID (according to CBP) and establish SoR.
Do you know that I-94 does not apply to LPRs? Hence, there is no I-94 record associated with LPRs unless the LPRs were non-residents before becoming LPRs.
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