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Airline Security Procedures-Important Updates. By chance, I found out about a huge travel issue that is coming up fast. Although there has been not much press, Oct. 1, 2020 is key for all travel. After many extensions, that is the date that a new post-9/11 law goes into effect. At that time, to board a US airline to fly within the US or abroad will require a “Real ID”, passport or other valid form of ID.
When I went to renew my DC driver’s license, I found out what that meant. Right now, a valid US driver’s license or passport has been enough. However, for a Real ID, it is much more complex. Although states can vary, the DC rules are a likely guideline for what to expect in the 50 states. As a result, we want to share our tips while time remains to obtain the Real ID with a star.
Airline Security Procedures-Important Updates: Know Before You Go:
Go right away to the Internet for details on the process in your area. If your driver’s license is valid for many years, find out how you get it upgraded to a “Real ID”.
Read very carefully what is required. In DC, a birth certificate and passport were two of the documents accepted. Of course, very few adults are likely to have a valid copy of their decades old birth certificate.
Airline Security Procedures-Important Updates: Research Your Files:
For social security number verification, the standard is very strict. An original social security card works. Again however, if you have worked for years, you may not know where you tucked away your original social security card. If you are employed now, a W-2 could work. If you are not, you might try any correspondence from the IRS, Social Security Administration, bank or mutual fund group that includes your social security number. Of course, because of ID theft, many banks no longer have that on messages to customers.
To confirm your residence, read very, very carefully. Also note, you may need two forms of documents. A valid driver’s license may serve as one form. A utility bill, bank statement or lease might work, too. If you failed to bring the right form, ask the government official if they can pull up your real estate or local income tax form. The former may be a public document that saves you coming back a second time.
If you have a roommate or tenant that lacks the right paper work, once you are certified, you may be able to vouch for him/her.
For driver’s licenses, some districts may require eye tests and for 70+ certification from the applicant’s doctor.
If you have had a name change at any time, bring a copy of your court order or other proof.
This may sound like too much trouble. However, if you have some down time in 2019, you will do much better to get this done before the 2020 deadline approaches. There is likely to be a long line in every state as word gets out as to the Oct. 1, 2020 deadline.