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If you fly for business or pleasure within the United States, you need to know about Real ID. The Real ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, requires that you present an “enhanced ID” at TSA airport security checkpoints. Beginning January 22nd, your current driver’s license may no longer be a sufficient form of identification to get you on a domestic flight.

My 16-year-old son, who recently received his North Carolina driver’s license, is the only member of our family with Real ID. The rest of us will have to apply for updated licenses or remember to bring our passports for all flights. Twenty-six states, including South Carolina, have been granted extensions for the Real ID law, which means travelers with those state’s driver’s licenses can use their current ID until October 11th. However, all airline passengers will need to have Real ID or another approved form of identification, such as a passport, by October 1, 2020.

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