Washington Residents Will Need REAL ID-compliant Identification to Fly Starting October 2020

Officials with Sea-Tac International Airport, the Washington Department of Licensing (DOL) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are reminding Washingtonians that starting Oct. 1, 2020, travelers 18 years and older will need a REAL ID-compliant form of identification to board a commercial flight.

Travelers can show any REAL ID-compliant identification at the TSA security checkpoint. TSA maintains a full list of acceptable forms of identification at https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification. There are a variety of identity documents that can be used to board an airplane or enter secure federal facilities, including:

U.S. or foreign passport
U.S. passport card
Military ID
DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
Enhanced driver license
Tribal ID
Transportation Worker Identification Credential
Washington’s enhanced driver licenses (EDLs) and enhanced ID (EIDs) cards are REAL ID compliant, valid for air travel within the United States, and can be used to cross the borders of Canada and Mexico by land or sea. Some commonly needed documents to get an EDL/EID are certified birth certificate, U.S. passport, or military ID. A full list of document options to obtain an enhanced driver license or ID card is available on the DOL website.

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