TSA ID requirements for 2018

TSA ID Requirements for 2018

As of January 22nd, 2018, the REAL ID Act will be well under way. What is the REAL ID Act? Passed in 2005 by congress, the REAL ID Act is a standard of regulations set forth to attach additional security processes to the issuance of sources of identification. Previously, state-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards were sufficient as forms of identifications to access federal properties and board domestic flights. For Real ID compliant states, January 22nd, 2018 means their current state-issued forms of ID will suffice to cross through TSA checkpoints until it’s time to renew and upgrade to a Real ID. For states that have been granted extensions, residents have until October 1, 2020  to decide whether they’ll want to upgrade their ID to a Real ID compliant license or card. Because holding a Real ID form of identification is not mandatory, residents of compliant states have the choice to opt out. Those people who choose to opt out, as well as residents in non-compliant states will be required to carry a form of ID that meets TSA ID requirements from 2018 and forward.in the event that you do not reside in a Real ID compliant state, or have chosen to carry a standard driver’s license or ID card, we’ve put together a list of the forms of ID accepted at TSA checkpoints.

can I fly without Real ID

While Real IDs are not mandatory to carry, if you’re planning on flying domestically you’ll need that or another form of ID approved for TSA checkpoints.

TSA ID Requirements for 2018

In order to board all domestic flights or gain entry via TSA checkpoints to federal properties, you will have to carry either a Real ID or other approved form of identification. Below is a list of TSA approved forms of ID that will grant you access.

  • Real ID cards or licenses will most likely be the easiest to obtain and carry
  • U.S. Passport/U.S. Passport card or a foreign government-issued passport – looking for a convenient way to obtain your passport? Check out passport acceptance fairs for 2018
  • Department of Homeland Security trusted traveler cards – NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST, Global Entry)
  • Department of Homeland Security – designated enhanced driver’s license
  • U.S. Military ID
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Border Crossing Card
  • U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential
  • Federally recognized tribal-issued photo ID
  • Airline or airport-issued ID
  • HSPD-12 PIV card
  • Canadian provincial driver’s license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card
  • Transportation worker ID credential
  • Immigration and Naturalization Service Employment Authorization Card (I-766)


Minors accompanying an adult are not required to carry proof of ID to board domestic flights. While this will impact entry into official properties, the biggest place we’ll see changes when it comes to ID requirements is through domestic airline travel. If you’re not sure how to obtain a Real ID, check out our informative blog post here. Our best advice? Don’t panic or rush to your nearest DMV just yet. Check out your state’s compliance and determine when you’ll need to switch over your IDs or obtain a secondary secure form of identification.


  1. You need to re-edit this port. You trimmed off the “U. ” of several items, such as, “U.S. Passport”

    U.S. passport
    U.S. passport card
    DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
    U.S. Department of Defense ID, including IDs issued to dependents
    Permanent resident card
    Border crossing card
    DHS-designated enhanced driver’s license
    Federally recognized, tribal-issued photo ID
    HSPD-12 PIV card
    Foreign government-issued passport
    Canadian provincial driver’s license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card
    Transportation worker identification credential
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
    U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential

    1. Thank you for calling this to our attention. I have sent this to our digital media team for correction.

  2. On international travel, does the name on your ticket have to match your picture Id? Simply, if your ticket doesn’t have your middle name but your ID does, will you be detained?

    1. Hello Jim. Thanks for reaching out with your question. You may want to check with your airline and/or with customs to determine if the discrepancy between how your name is listed on your ticket and on your ID will cause issues.

  3. Hello, I am traveling from Iowa to Florida, I am waiting for my renewal ID and all I have is a paper ID and my expired drivers license. I do not have SSN or Birth copy on hand as it has been damaged through Flood disaster. I leave in 10 days. What should I DO

  4. Can I use Bridgeport, Connecticut municipal I’d card to fly domestically.

    1. Hello. We suggest that you contact the TSA for more information about the types of IDs that are acceptable for travel.

  5. Trying to apply for TSA pre check for my daughter who is 14, the only photo ID she has is from her Middle School. That is not listed as an option on the forms. what should we do?

    1. Great question Nick, thank you for asking us. As part of the TSA Pre-Check process involves an in-person background check interview, it’s best to check with the location that will conduct these interviews to determine what documentation is needed for a minor application. You can find a location near you by visiting the TSA Enrollment Center Locator at https://universalenroll.dhs.gov/locator?serviceCode=11115V. Best Regards.

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