I wanted to make sure you knew about a new ID requirements for boarding domestic flights and accessing secure federal facilities going into effect by this time next year.
Because of a federal law change, beginning October 1, 2020, you will be required to have a REAL ID complainant identification in order to board a domestic flight or to access secure federal facilities, like military bases. Your standard driver’s license, like the one you may have in your wallet right now, can be used to drive. In addition, a driver’s license or identification card can be used as ID to vote, cash a check, apply for or receive government benefits, or conduct everyday local business. While you will be able to continue to use this ID for these activities, you will no longer be able to use a standard driver’s license to board domestic flights. If you have a U.S. Passport or another form of approved identification, you can use that instead. The REAL ID is an optional credential; it is not required as long as you also have another form of approved ID to fly domestically.
However, if you fly domestically or frequent secure federal facilities you may want to upgrade to a REAL ID compliant Virginia driver’s license. REAL ID compliant credentials display a small star in the upper right corner to indicate they meet federal requirements. Choose which documents you’ll need to bring to DMV to get a REAL ID with DMV’s interactive Document Guide. Don’t make your next visit to the DMV longer by not bringing the right materials to the DMV the first time. The next time you renew your standard credential and choose not to upgrade to a REAL ID, it will display “Federal Limits Apply” in the top right corner in order to distinguish it from a REAL ID compliant credential.
Again, you will not need this ID until October 1, 2020. I also want to reiterate, this credential is completely optional; if you will not need it, you are not required to get it.
Click here for more information from the Virginia DMV, and click here for frequently asked questions.
Congressman Rob Wittman