What is a REAL ID?
It is any form of identification that complies with the 2005 REAL ID Act. Administered by the Department of Homeland Security, it “established minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and other identification cards”. Additionally, it prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for official purposes any licenses or identification cards from states that do not comply with those standards. Included in the list of “official purposes” are:
- Accessing Federal facilities
- Boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft
- Entering nuclear power plants
Restriction to the above activities is slated to take effect on October 1, 2020.
What does it mean for our BKG travelers?
If you do not have REAL ID-compliant identification after October 1, 2020, you will be required to show your old state ID card, plus other forms of documentation. For more information and the list of alternate forms of identification, please visit the TSA webpage.
On October 1, 2020, anyone who boards a domestic flight or enters a federal building will either need a REAL ID driver’s license (DL) or Identification Card (ID) or will need to provide a regular identification and additional accepted forms of identification. Those residents wishing to renew or convert their current license to a REAL ID can do so at their local DMV. You will need to bring additional forms of identification, which can be found on the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration’s website.
Beginning March 25, 2020, the Missouri Department of Revenue will offer REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and nondriver ID cards. Either of those documents will be accepted by TSA for travelers boarding flights at BKG. When renewing your existing license or converting to the new REAL ID format, you will need to bring additional documents demonstrating proof of identity. Details on those document types are available on the Missouri DOR site.