“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” St. Augustine
Everyone enjoys traveling without a hitch. No one likes delays, cancelations, lost luggage, or any other problem. Now we have something new to worry about. If you fly domestically, you must have a federally compliant driver’s license called the Real ID to pass through security. This new requirement goes into effect October 1, 2020. To get this Real ID, take your driver’s license, proof of your Social Security number, and proof of citizenship to a Secretary of State office.
“If everything is in order, you’ll get a new license that has a gold star in the upper right corner – or an American flag on Michigan Enhanced driver’s licenses.” **
If you try to board a domestic flight on October 1, 2020 or later without the Real ID, you won’t be allowed to board the flight. “If you get turned away at the airport and forget to cancel your flight, you can kiss your ticket goodbye.” **
There won’t be a refund of your ticket.
Why haven’t we been notified about this before? 14 years ago, this mandate was signed into law; however, there have been numerous delays. Now the matter is urgent. Don’t wait until the last minute to take care of the matter. The lines will get longer, the delays numerous, and the urgency will hit all at once.
Get ahead of the game. Get your Real ID now!
**Detroit Free Press Sunday, October 27, 2019.