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New Yorkers Will Soon Need Enhanced Or REAL ID License To Use On Domestic Flights

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Beginning October 1, 2020, a standard driver’s license will not be a valid form of ID to board a domestic flight, enter certain federal buildings or enter military bases.

New Yorkers will need either an enhanced driver’s license or a REAL ID compatible license.

New York’s REAL ID driver’s licenses have a star in the upper right corner to indicate that it meets federal regulations that establish minimum security standards. The enhanced driver’s license has a U.S. flag on the bottom right of the license.

(Photo courtesy of the Transportation Security Administration.)

Enhanced licenses cost just $30 dollars on top of the standard transaction fees and are also good to leave and enter the U.S. by land or sea from all of North America.

To upgrade to a REAL ID, you’ll need to visit your local DMV in person with several valid documents to prove U.S. citizenship and New York residency, including one proof of identity, one proof of legal presence, two proofs of New York residency, one proof of your social security number (if you’ve been issued one) and a current driver’s license if you are applying to exchange one issued by another U.S. state.

Travelers will begin seeing new signs at airports nationwide in the coming weeks to remind them of the emerging deadline regarding REAL ID compliance.

The TSA says dividuals who are unable to verify their identity before the October 1, 2020 deadline will not be permitted to enter the TSA checkpoint and will not be allowed to fly.

For more information and details about how to obtain a REAL ID driver’s license, enhanced license or identification card in New York, and to determine which form of ID is right for you, visit the New York Department of Motor Vehicles web site.

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