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People without REAL ID Can’t Board Airplanes After Oct. 1

If your driver’s license isn’t REAL ID compliant, you’ll be grounded – banned from flying internationally to pursue real estate deals or see grandkids in Ohio.

ORLANDO, Fla. – The federal REAL ID Act of 2005 updated the standards for driver’s licenses and ID cards. It created new safety standards for forms of identification and rolled out enforcement in a series of phases.

After Oct. 1, 2020, any U.S. citizen hoping to board an airplane must produce an acceptable form of ID under the new standards. If using a driver’s license, it must be REAL ID compliant as outlined in the Act. In general, REAL ID complaint licenses have a gold star near the upper right corner.

The change largely applies only to IDs required to board a plane. All Florida drivers licenses issued within the past few years are REAL ID compliant, but some residents who haven’t renewed a driver’s license lately will still have non-REAL ID ones. Those will remain legal for driving until their expiration date; however, they won’t be valid for boarding an airplane.

For more information on REAL ID licensing, visit the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website.

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