Starting October 1, 2020 a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, or an acceptable alternative, will be required in order to fly domestically.
Domestic travel is from state to state (within the US). An acceptable alternative is a passport, or passport card, Trusted travel card (e.g. global entry), U.S. military ID, enhanced driver license only in Washington, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, and Vermont.
It is said by the Department of Homeland Security that 57% of travelers are unaware of the deadline. With an estimated 99 million Americans (39%) do not have any form of acceptable ID (Department of Homeland Security).
TSA estimates that 500,000 people per week will be turned away at the airport checkpoints. Many people are asked at DMV if they want a Real ID as if there is a choice (there is no choice for traveling state side by air).
Don’t be that person caught without a compliant form of ID – you’ll get stopped at TSA and will not be allowed to board your flight.
For those who have family who don’t live close by, you should pay special attention – this goes beyond leisure travel. If they get sick, you want to be able to jump on a plane and get to them without delay!