The events of 9/11 has changed the way we travel. To keep America safe, new rules for travel have been enacted for our own protection from terrorists or unsavory characters. As a result, the REAL ID Act is being enforced throughout the United States.
The REAL ID, is a federal security standard for state driver’s licenses that was passed in 2005. It allows machine-readable technology to read a chip on your state driver’s license. Some states are having trouble with compliance because of not having money in the budget to switch to the new technology. And other states are outright refusing to upgrade to the new technology.
Here are some important dates to consider regarding this new federal law for travel:
If your State is lagging behind and has not upgraded its technology you may need to show another valid form of ID. As of October 2018, the states and US Territories that have been granted an extension are: California, Guam, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Virginia, US Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands, Rhode Islands, Alaska, Montana, Northern Marianas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Pennsylvania, American Samoa, New Jersey, Maine, Oklahoma and Oregon. Every US State and Territory must be in compliance by 2020. Frequent travelers worried that their state won't comply by January 2020 should consider obtaining a passport card or book. For a current list of compliance, visit the Homeland Security website by clicking here.
As of July 2018, the State of Ohio started issuing REAL ID as a form of identification. There is no extra cost for obtaining the new REAL ID when updating your driver’s license. To obtain the enhanced ID you will need special supporting documents such as your birth certificate, social security number, and two forms for proof of residence. The enhanced driver’s license is not mandatory. However, if you plan to fly anywhere (including within the US) after January 2020 and do not have another form of ID, such a passport card or book, you may be turned away at the airport. For more information about REAL ID in Ohio, click here!
So, whether you plan to travel outside of the United States or not, it may be a good time to consider either a passport book, passport card or both. If you have any further questions about passports books, passport cards, visas, or REAL ID, please contact AJ! Or Sharon at As You Wish Luxury Travel at 1-844-748-9474.
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Sharon Pearson & AJ! Clonts
Sharon Pearson and AJ! Clonts, are Travel Information Consultants and co-owners of As You Wish Travel Agency. This husband and wife team love to travel and have been working in the travel industry for 4 years. AJ! & Sharon do not charge fees for their services. They focus on premium brands that provide luxury travel Worldwide; including River & Ocean Cruises, Hawaii, and all-inclusive resorts around the world with a specialty in the Caribbean and Mexico.