Real Talk: It’s Time to Prepare for Real ID

Prepare for Real ID

Have you started making travel plans for 2023? Make sure you prepared for Real ID changes. Likely, you already have your airport routine down. You get your boarding pass, show your picture ID, get through security, and board your flight. On May 3, 2023 that routine changes, requiring passengers to comply with stricter ID requirements for travel. You’ll need to have a Real ID in order to board commercial airplane.

What is Real ID?

The Real ID Act establishes minimum security standards surrounding state issued driver’s license and identifications. It calls for travelers to present a Real ID card or its equivalent (passport or U.S. military identification) in order to board commercial flights. Therefore, these are more secure alternatives to the standard picture ID.

These cards include built-in security technology that helps prevent counterfeiting and tampering. The use of Real IDs are a coordinated effort by both states and the Federal government to improve reliability.

Real ID Deadlines

Beginning May 3, 2023, all states must comply. Most states, including Idaho & Oregon have already begun issuing IDs.

Prepare For Real ID

Consequently, if you don’t already have a Real ID, you’ll need to pick one up. They can be obtained through your local DMV. Keep in mind that your local DMV may be busier than ever and waits may be long. We encourage travelers to get a passport to use as ID, especially if you have international travel planned in the next year.

Required documents vary by state but at a minimum you must provide documentation showing:

  • Full Legal Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Social Security Number
  • Two Proofs of Address of Principal Residence
  • Lawful Status.

Because states can impose additional requirements, you’ll want to contact your local DMV or visit your state’s government website to learn more before trying to obtain a Real ID. Visit the Oregon or Idaho sites.

Can I Board an Airplane Now?

Yes! Your current Oregon or Idaho driver license or ID card is still good to board flights within the U.S. However, beginning May 3, 2023, you will need a Real ID card or other federally approved forms of ID to board a flight or enter secure federal facilities.

Learn More

If you’d like to learn more about the Real ID Act of 2005, prepare for Real ID changes, and learn about federal requirements, click here.