Real ID: Watch This Before You Fly in 2020 | The Deets

by birtanpublished on February 4, 2021

My fellow Americans I have some inconvenient news for you a few months from now your regular state issued driver's license won't be enough to get you through airport security in other words if you want to board an airplane after October 1st 2020 you'll need to bring a specific form of ID and unfortunately that tattered old driver's license you carry around you know the one where you had a terrible haircut and you weighed 10 pounds more than you do now that's not gonna cut it you'll need a new form of identification that's compliant with the government's new Real ID standard and in the next few minutes

I'm gonna tell you exactly what that means and how to get one I'm drew PRNDL and you're watching the deets a show where we demystify the technologies that are shaping the future so you can better navigate this increasingly high-tech world so first of all it's important to note that the term Real ID doesn't actually refer to a single specific type of physical identification it's a new standard entirely and there are actually a bunch of different ID types that fit into that standard the bad news is that your old driver's license isn't one of them so if that's the only form of ID

That you have you'll need to get a new Real ID compliant one in order to board a commercial flight enter any kind of federal facility or step inside a nuclear power plant so right now you're probably wondering why the government decided that your existing ID isn't good enough and is basically forcing you to enter the bureaucratic hellhole known as the DMV so you can purchase a new form of ID here's the skinny on that basically after the 9/11 attacks in 2001 the government was really worried about terrorists using fake IDs to get through airport security the problem was and

Still is that practically every state has a different set of security standards for driver's licenses and most of them aren't very thorough in some cases all you have to do is show some tired DMV employee of birth certificate and a piece of mail with your name and address on it and those things are relatively easy to forge so for these reasons a couple years after 9/11 the government decided it was time to set stricter standards on ID documents so that they're more consistent across all US states and territories to do this Congress passed

The Real ID Act in 2005 which changed the rules on what government agencies including the TSA can accept as a legitimate form of identification so here's the big question are you required to get one technically speaking no there are actually 15 different federally accepted forms of identification that already comply with the Real ID standard if you have a passport green card or a US military ID you can use that instead of your driver's license and still make it through airport security just fine however if you don't have one of these aforementioned forms

Of ID getting a new Real ID compliant driver's license is probably the easiest way to make sure you don't get handcuffed and cavity search next time you go near a TSA checkpoint so how do you get one of these new Real ID driver's licenses well I hate to be the bearer of bad news but unfortunately you'll probably have to visit the seventh circle of hell aka your state's Department of Motor Vehicles or whatever agency issues driver's license is where you live you'll also have to bring more documentation to prove your identity

Than you did in the past at minimum you'll be required to provide documentation showing your full legal name your date of birth your social security number two proofs of address of principle residents and your lawful status which is whether or not you're a citizen of the US on top of that some states may have additional requirements so it's also a good idea to check your state's driver's licensing agency website before you visit them in person just to make sure that you bring the right stuff you definitely don't want to be that guy who argues with the DMV

Person for 15 minutes and holds up the line just because you showed up unprepared anyway when it's all said and done you'll be issued a new drivers license card that looks probably almost exactly like the old one but this time it'll have a little star in the upper right hand corner sometimes it's a black star sometimes it's a gold star and if you live in California for some reason it looks like a bear with a trashy lower-back tattoo anywho that's all you need to know about Real ID but for more illuminating breakdowns on current tech topics

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