Do I need a passport to fly domestic in the United States?

REAL ID ACT passport to fly domestic in the United StatesMany travelers are now left wondering if their state issued drivers licenses and state IDs are still valid for traveling by flight in the US. Previously, you only needed a photo ID to board a domestic flight. But nowadays things are changing quickly and you may find you need a passport just to take a domestic flight.

Q.) Do I need a passport to fly domestic in the United States?

A.) Yes, if you are from one 27 US states that have not yet adopted the laws in accordance with the Read ID Act you will need a second and reliable identification such as a passport.

It may seem very difficult to keep up with the Real ID Act and the states that already comply with it, but it will be really easy for the workers at TSA (Transportation Security Administration) to deny you access to a flight. As of January 2017, the Real ID Act will be implemented. This act will deny domestic flight access to any traveler who does not have a valid state ID and a passport or some second and valid form of identification if they do not have a valid license from one of the 23 states that adopted this law.

The Real ID Act is a deal passed by Congress after the events of 9/11. The goal of the law is to cease the existence of fake identifications for travel and to obtain in general. 23 US states have agreed to this act and therefore their state license and identification cards are ‘OK’ to travel with alone. However, this leaves the more than half of the country without a reliable way to prove their identification for tasks such as traveling on a domestic flight if they do not own a passport.

Come January 2017, travelers can who do not have a compliant ID can still make trips with their identification card as well as one of the following secured documents: A passport, passport card, permit of residence, or US military card. Over half of the American population does not own a passport. In the upcoming years this will create a lot of barriers for those who desire to travel large trips from coast to coast or even small scale trips to bordering states by commercial flights. While being accompanied by your passport for any traveler makes traveling as easy as it once was before all these acts and high standards of security thus owning your own passport is ideal.

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