Update: DHS has announced that the Real ID requirement will now go into effect (allegedly) on 5/3/23.
Having an ID that proved residency was a 9/11 recommendation and was passed back in 2005, but has been delayed time and time again.
It was allegedly going to go into effect on 10/1/20, but it was pushed back “due to COVID” to 10/1/21.
Once again, the TSA has been warning us about upgrading to a compliant ID card in order to fly as of 10/1/21. You need to prove legal residency and proof of birthdate to get a Real ID.
A poster on the DansDeals Facebook group recently did the annual sharing of the article warning everyone to get a Real ID.
You can also just fly with a passport or Global Entry card if you don’t have a Real ID.
I debated with a TSA agent on the group about whether it would extended again:
And sure enough, the deadline will be extended again. A date hasn’t yet been announced.
Wake me up when a Real ID is actually required, if that ever happens.