Time to prepare your documents for flying domestically
Beginning October 1, 2020, a standard driver’s license will no longer be accepted alone as proof of ID for domestic air flights.
Only a license that meets the new federal REAL ID Act security standards will be accepted to get on a domestic flight and to enter certain federal buildings or military bases (unless you have a passport). If you plan to travel domestically, we recommend you upgrade before 2020 so that your license will be sufficient for travel.
To receive a license that is REAL ID compliant, you must go to the DMV office–you will not be able to do this online, over the phone, or by mail. The DMV strongly recommends you use its online document guide or checklist before coming to an office to make sure you are prepared and do not need to return for a second trip.
If your license is not in compliance with the REAL ID Act by October 1, 2020, you will need to show an alternative form of acceptable identification for domestic air travel to board your flight. Please keep in mind that any license, permit, or ID card that is REAL ID-compliant will be marked as such.
Some quick points:
Identification that is REAL ID compliant is available at the DMV.
Costs vary depending upon options chosen.
For instance, in New York, for $30 more than a standard license, an Enhanced Driver’s License can be chosen which, in addition to allowing you to board a domestic flight, will allow you to cross a US border by land or sea going to Canada, Mexico, and some Caribbean countries.