Go Back  FlyerTalk Forums > Travel&Dining > Travel Safety/Security > Practical Travel Safety and Security Issues
Reload this Page >

Foreign Drivers Licence OK With TSA For Flying?

Foreign Drivers Licence OK With TSA For Flying?

Reply

Old Mar 28, 08, 7:02 am
  #1  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: SXB/MLH
Programs: Hilton Gold, BA Gold
Posts: 15,753
Foreign Drivers Licence OK With TSA For Flying?

I lost my passport yesterday.

I have a lost-ID-report from the Police Department. The consulate will issue a new PP on monday in Atlanta. meanwhile I have to fly DCA-LGA JFK-IAD IAD ATL. Will TSA accept a foreign DL (together with the lost-ID-police-report) ?
anyone has any experience? How bad are the stations I am flying thru?
thanks for your answers
chrissxb is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Mar 28, 08, 7:20 am
  #2  
A FlyerTalk Posting Legend
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: NYC
Posts: 69,052
I spent 20 minutes at JFK trying to explain to them that I was allowed to fly without showing ID once, but I don't know how typical that is.

Show your foreign DL. Worst case is that you get asked if you have anything else, and then you get a secondary. Shouldn't be too bad.

Or choose to show nothing, but be ready to spend more time dealing with them.
sbm12 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Mar 28, 08, 7:56 am
  #3  
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 1,913
I take it you lots it within the US right?? Due to recent events I would think you should be ok. Especially since you have the police report to confirm your lost documents. Have you already let the Embassy know your documents have been lost/stolen etc.

Gosh you are in for a real heck of miserable time - since you often have to fly to the US. Expect to get SSSSed in future from now on. Loosing a passport is not a pleasant thing to have happen these days. Good luck with that mess.
moeve is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Mar 28, 08, 8:37 am
  #4  
Cee
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 562
Originally Posted by moeve View Post
...Gosh you are in for a real heck of miserable time - since you often have to fly to the US. Expect to get SSSSed in future from now on. Loosing a passport is not a pleasant thing to have happen these days. Good luck with that mess.

This should not result in you getting SSSS'd in the future...and any government issued ID is supposed to be allowed. Any government, any government issued ID. If the ticket checker doesn't know that, you may get SSSS'd at this time, but I don't think it will affect your future travels.
Cee is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Mar 28, 08, 8:53 am
  #5  
Original Member
 
Join Date: May 1998
Location: PDX
Programs: TSA Refusenik charter member
Posts: 15,970
Originally Posted by moeve View Post
Gosh you are in for a real heck of miserable time - since you often have to fly to the US. Expect to get SSSSed in future from now on. Loosing a passport is not a pleasant thing to have happen these days. Good luck with that mess.
Gosh, right little ray of sunshine aren't we.

Seriously, there's nil to no basis for concluding that the OP is doomed to a lifetime of SSSS. Let's try not to awfulize a simple lost passport issue.
essxjay is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Mar 28, 08, 8:59 am
  #6  
FlyerTalk Evangelist & Moderator: CommunityBuzz!, OMNI, OMNI/PR, and OMNI/Games
2019 FlyerTalk Awards
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Southern California
Programs: DL: 3.8 MM Marriott: Lifetime Platinum
Posts: 24,535
Originally Posted by essxjay View Post
Gosh, right little ray of sunshine aren't we.


Chris, hope things improve rapidly this week. It's been a tough one thus far for you.

See you in Reims in a couple weeks.
Cholula is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Mar 28, 08, 9:12 am
  #7  
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Salish Sea
Programs: DL,AC,HH,PC
Posts: 8,977
Originally Posted by sbm12 View Post
Or choose to show nothing, but be ready to spend more time dealing with them.
Or indeed less time. The "secondary" line at many airports moves considerably faster than the others.
Wally Bird is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Mar 28, 08, 10:00 am
  #8  
A FlyerTalk Posting Legend
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: NYC
Posts: 69,052
Originally Posted by Wally Bird View Post
Or indeed less time. The "secondary" line at many airports moves considerably faster than the others.
At DCA and JFK they are not dedicated lines. I do not know about IAD.

It all depends on the airport.
sbm12 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Mar 28, 08, 10:07 am
  #9  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: All over
Programs: Most
Posts: 10,831
Foreign DL's are ok with TSA. They have a huge book that has pictures of various foreign government issued DL's/ID's.
holtju2 is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old Mar 28, 08, 10:51 am
  #10  
Suspended
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Out West
Programs: DL-2MM, NW, AA, AS, NZ, AM
Posts: 432
Originally Posted by holtju2 View Post
Foreign DL's are ok with TSA. They have a huge book that has pictures of various foreign government issued DL's/ID's.
...my understanding is that the "big book" also has pictures of:
1. The 5 yr. old Tewowist on the No Fly list
2. A MacBook.
3. A Nipple Ring Bomb.

Last edited by essxjay; Apr 2, 08 at 11:56 am Reason: Gratuitous TSA slam removed
donsig is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Mar 28, 08, 11:17 am
  #11  
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Salish Sea
Programs: DL,AC,HH,PC
Posts: 8,977
Originally Posted by sbm12 View Post
It all depends on the airport.
Is there an echo in here ?
Wally Bird is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Mar 28, 08, 11:53 am
  #12  
Suspended
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Posts: 13,344
I fly with my Canadian DL all the time; I refuse to give them documents that they can use to track me in the U.S. - never once had a problem using it.
MapleLeaf is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Mar 28, 08, 1:14 pm
  #13  
Suspended
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Doha, Qatar
Programs: Air Canada Aeroplan, Lufthansa Miles & More, Flying Blue, Hyatt Gold Passport
Posts: 1,894
Originally Posted by donsig View Post
...my understanding is that the "big book" also has pictures of:
1. The 5 yr. old Tewowist on the No Fly list
2. A MacBook.
3. A Nipple Ring Bomb.

Idiots and Morons.
hysterical
polonius is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Mar 28, 08, 3:38 pm
  #14  
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Brighton England
Programs: AA Plat, various hotels
Posts: 1,203
I once used my Gatwick Airside pass to see what would happen and they accepted it, no problem.
Gatwick Alan is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Mar 29, 08, 11:43 am
  #15  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: MSP
Programs: Fallen Plats, ex-WN CP, DYKWIW; still a Hilton Diamond & Club Cholula™ Super Plats
Posts: 25,247
SSSS generally is faster and more cordial than it used to be. I would use the foreign DL and keep the police report handy & your fingers crossed. Do you have a photocopy of the passport? I always stuff one in my wallet & one in each suitcase.
MikeMpls is offline  
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Search this Thread