Domestic Travel/Real ID

Here are some updated changes to domestic travel as part of the Real ID Act.

The Real ID Act requires all state-issued identification documents (IDs) to meet a set of minimum security standards. IDs that do not meet these minimum security standards won’t be accepted for federal purposes, including as ID for boarding domestic flights. Your state’s IDs might not meet these minimum security standards. Check your state’s status.

The U.S. passport book and U.S. passport card are both accepted by TSA as ID for domestic flights.

TSA accepts the passport card as ID for domestic flights.

The passport card can be used for entering the United States at land border crossings and sea ports-of-entry from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda.

The passport card only costs $30 for adults if you already have a passport book, and only $65 for first time adult applicants.    

The passport card has the same validity as the passport book: If you’re over 16, your passport card is valid for 10 years. If you’re under 16, your passport card is valid for 5 years.

You can apply for a passport card the same way as you apply for a passport book. Just check the box “Both” at the top of Form DS-11 or DS-82. If you just want a passport card, you can check the “Card” box at the top of your form.

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