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REAL ID: Americans not prepared, could be stuck to land travel

Christian Fernsby |
On October 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will officially begin enforcing the REAL ID Act.


This will require all Americans to present REAL ID-compliant identification to go through security.

Americans aren’t prepared: A majority (57%) are unaware of the October 1, 2020 deadline.

Furthermore, an estimated 182 million Americans (72%) either have a standard driver’s license or are unsure whether their ID is REAL ID-compliant, and an estimated 99 million Americans (39%) do not have any form of identification that would be accepted on October 1, 2020.

REAL ID-compliant cards are generally marked with a STAR in the upper portion of the card. The style of the star will vary depending on the state.

The REAL ID Act establishes minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for certain purposes driver’s licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the Act’s minimum standards. The purposes covered by the Act are: accessing Federal facilities, entering nuclear power plants, and, boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft.

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