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Passport and  Travel Identification

Real ID


Who needs it

All U.S. citizens flying domestically.

Anyone traveling internationally by land, sea or air.

When you need it

By October 1, 2020

At the time of travel. Some destinations require that travelers have a passport for at least 3 months before traveling there.

What is it

A state-issued driver's license or identification card that meets minimum security standards set by the Federal Government.

A document issued by the Department of State to show ultimate proof of citizenship and to entitle citizens to travel to foreign countries.

Note: A U.S. passport is REAL ID compliant.

Where to get it

From your state's Department of Motor Vehicles (when they are compliant with the standards).

From the Department of State.

How to get it

Renew your driver’s license or identification card and present documents that further prove your identity (e.g., birth certificate, Social Security card).

To apply for a new passport, apply in person at a Department of State Passport Agency or submit an application by mail.

To renew a passport, mail a renewal application to the Department of State.

When to get it

As soon as your state is REAL ID compliant.

If your state is not REAL ID compliant by January 22, 2018, you will have to show an alternative form of acceptable identification for domestic air travel.

Apply for a new passport 6 months or more before traveling.

Renew your passport when it has 6 months validity remaining.