REAL ID Air Travel Documentation Required Later This Year

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Do you travel to Walt Disney World (or anywhere else) via airplane?

Beginning on October 1, 2021, every airline passenger age 18 and older will be required to have a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, state-issued enhanced driver’s license (available in Michigan, Vermont, Minnesota, and New York), or another acceptable form of ID (such as a passport) to fly within the United States.

The deadline for enforcement of this law has changed a few times due to the pandemic and other circumstances, but the now final deadline is coming up later this year. Passengers without REAL ID-compliant documents will not be allowed to travel within the US on an airplane.

REAL ID-compliant drivers license or state ID cards for most states are marked with a star at the top of the card. Michigan, Vermont, Minnesota, and New York states issue REAL ID cards (marked with the star) as well as state-issued enhanced driver’s licenses (marked with a flag), both of which are acceptable. These documents will be valid at the airport security checkpoint when the REAL ID enforcement goes into effect.

For information by state, including where to obtain a REAL ID, visit the DHS REAL ID website and click your state on the map.

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Erin Foster

Erin Foster is an original member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel (now PlanDisney), a regular contributor to TouringPlans.com, and co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line. She's been to WDW, DL, DL Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Aulani, DVC Vero Beach, and DVC Hilton Head. She's a Platinum DCL cruiser and veteran of 10 Adventures by Disney trips. Erin lives near New York City, where she can often be found indulging in her other obsession - Broadway theater.

2 thoughts on “REAL ID Air Travel Documentation Required Later This Year

  • January 6, 2021 at 1:08 pm
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    I seriously doubt that this is the final deadline. I see that you had a posting about this in 2015, and this didn’t happen back then either.

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  • January 7, 2021 at 5:20 pm
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    TSA has been pushing this nonsense for years and its been pushed back multiple times. I would not be panicking to get a passport just for this reason. It IS incredibly more convenient to have TSA Pre-Check. I would in fact get the Global Entry Traveler; it gives you all the Pre-Check benefits while making life MUCH easier when returning to the USA and navigating immigration checkpoints.

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