NY residents will need REAL ID to board an airplane starting October 2020

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The Transportation Security Administration has announced that beginning in October 2020, air travelers ages 18 and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or enhanced ID (which has a flag in the corner) to fly within the United States.

REAL ID-compliant cards are generally marked with a star located in the upper portion of the card.

If you’re not sure, contact your local driver’s license agency to check.

The ID, which costs an extra $30 in fees, is good for boarding planes and to enter the U.S. by land or sea from Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean. You will also need it to enter some federal buildings and military bases.

The REAL ID Act was enacted in 2005 based on the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the federal government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.”

The rule goes into effect beginning October 1, 2020.

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