*American Samoa is subject to REAL ID enforcement as of February 5, 2018. TSA currently accepts several other forms of identity documents and will continue to do so.
TSA does not require children under 18 to provide identification when traveling with a companion within the United States. For more information on acceptable forms of identification for boarding aircraft, please see TSA's website. REAL ID is a national set of standards, not a national identification card.
Please see TSA's website for a list of acceptable forms of identification.
Passengers who have licenses issued by a state that is compliant or that has an extension to become compliant with REAL ID requirements may continue to use their licenses as usual.
The purpose of REAL ID is to make our identity documents more consistent and secure.
REAL ID is a mandate on Federal agencies, restricting the circumstances under which they may accept state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards for official purposes.
Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act enacted the 9/11 Commission's recommendation that the Federal Government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver's licenses.” The Act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for official purposes licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards.
States have made considerable progress in meeting this key recommendation of the 9/11 Commission and every state has a more secure driver's license today than before the passage of the Act.
The February 5, 2018, enforcement date only applies currently to the residents of American Samoa.
Starting October 1, 2020, every state and territory resident will need to present a REAL ID compliant license/ID, or another acceptable form of identification, for accessing Federal facilities, entering nuclear power plants, and boarding commercial aircraft. The card, itself, must be REAL ID compliant unless the resident is using an alternative acceptable document such as a passport. Since February 5, 2018 American Samoans have not been permitted to use American Samoan-issued driver’s licenses and IDs to board commercial aircraft.