Starting on October 1, 2020, security requirements at U.S. airports are changing. If you are over 18 years old and want to continue using your Massachusetts driver's license to board domestic flights, you'll have to ensure your license is REAL-ID compliant.
Here's what is not changing:
- You will still be able to present a passport, U.S. military ID, or DHS Trusted Traveler card to TSA when boarding a domestic flight at any airport.
Here's what is changing:
If you do not have a REAL ID (or an acceptable alternative) you will not be able to board a domestic flight after October 1, 2020. This deadline is the result of the REAL ID law first passed by Congress in 2005, which mandated uniform standards for government-issued IDs in order to make them more secure.
- Massachusetts residents over 18 years old will be required to present a REAL-ID compliant Massachusetts driver's license for identification in order to board a domestic flight at any airport.
In Massachusetts, you can tell if your identification is compliant if it contains a gold circle containing a star in the top right corner. If your license does not feature this gold circle with a star, or if you’re unsure, it’s time to get in touch with the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.
Get your paperwork squared away and plan your trip to the RMV before lines get longer. If you absolutely cannot get to the RMV in time, make sure you have an alternative form of acceptable identification, such as a passport, passport card, U.S. military ID, or a Global Entry card.
And if there's anything at all my office can do to assist you with this or any other issue, please don't hesitate to contact us. You can visit my website for more information on how I can help.
James P. McGovern
Member of Congress