ID changes for TSA in late 2020

Megan Bechtolt, News Writer

TSA is changing their identification requirements. Starting on October 1st, 2020, every person traveling by air that is over the age of 18 will need a Real ID to travel within the US, said TSA. A Real ID compliant card includes any driver’s license form of ID that could have been used before.  


Real ID compliant was an act set in place because of 9/11 to have more security for traveling. For most people traveling, this won’t be an issue as they have a passport or drivers license. As for the others where their ID isn’t Real ID complaint, they will need a new one.  


A compliant Real ID will have either a white star in a gold circle or a black start in the stop right corner. A non-compliant Real ID will have “Federal Limits Apply” or nothing in the top right corner.  


Some states have started issuing Enhanced Drivers Licenses. Those are Real ID’s and will allow border crossing into Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean only by land and sea, not by air.  


While TSA has changed their identification requirements, there are no plans of changing anything else that are public right now. Passengers can still bring liquid up to 3.4 ounces in a container, said Transportation Security Administration. has all of the information that a passenger needs to know about what to bring on a carry on or a checked bag.