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Flying In U.S.? Check Your Driver’s License For A Star

Susan "Sue" Owen '94 January 14, 2020 4:10 PM updated: January 16, 2020 12:28 PM

A heads-up for Traveling Aggies and all Aggies who fly within the U.S.!

If you use your driver’s license as ID at U.S. airport security, starting Oct. 1, 2020, you’ll need one with the “REAL ID” star on it.

(A passport also meets the REAL ID standard, so if you’re flying internationally and have a passport with you, you’re already covered. A military ID and several other types of ID are also acceptable as REAL ID. REAL ID applies to travelers 18 and older.)

The good news is, your license may already have the star!

For example, if you renewed a Texas driver’s license after Oct. 10, 2016, you probably have a gold star.


Other states:

In the past few years, many states have been moving quickly to meet the October 2020 deadline for compliance with the REAL ID Act, which Congress passed in 2005. It set minimum security standards that state licenses and IDs must meet to be accepted by federal agencies.

List of all types of acceptable REAL ID

Travelers are directed to contact their state driver’s license agency on how to get a REAL ID compliant card.

Texas’ Department of Public Safety has a web page about REAL ID that includes links on applying for or renewing a Texas driver’s license.

Some "Frequently Asked Questions" are addressed on the Transportation Security Administration’s REAL ID webpage.

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