Real ID required for air travel starting October 2020
Do you have your Real ID yet? Well, if you don’t you might want to hurry before October 1st, 2020.
Save the date, October 1st, 2020, if you try to get on an airplane without a Real ID you’ll be turned away. Driver Service Bureau Marketing Development Director Becky Pierson said, “Real ID is the same as your regular driver’s license that you have, the difference is that you’ll have a little gold star in the right hand corner and this is just an ID that is accepted nationally.”
Officials say the Real ID will make it harder to make fake IDs which in turn will make airplane travel safer. Mississippi TSA Federal Security Director Kim Jackson said, “You have to submit these documents so you can be vetted into the system. So there is a check to make sure if you are on one of the known or selected list for the TSA. So based on that this is how we are going to ensure that the traveling public knows who gets in the airport and who is trying to get on an airplane.”
You can get your Real ID at your local driver’s service bureau. Make sure you bring your birth certificate and social security card. If you don’t have a chance to get your Real ID before October 1st, a valid U.S. passport may be used in its place.
Come October 2020, you’ll need your Real ID to fly, but the TSA wants to remind you of the things you’ll need to leave behind to get on your flight quickly. TSA Spokesperson Sari Koshetz said, “If passengers come to the check point with items that are prohibited then that means we’ll have to take the bag aside, we’ll have to dedicate an officer to open the bag to remove the item that is a threat item and that slows down you and everyone behind you.”
The TSA recommends getting to the airport with plenty of extra time due to more people traveling for the holidays. “Typically the Thanksgiving period is the busiest time of year. So, please do get to the airport with plenty of time. I know passengers in this area are very used to having almost no wait time, but you can certainly see an hour wait time.”
For any questions you might have you can reach out to the TSA on Facebook and Twitter.