New State-To-State Passport Requirements

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Did you know that starting this fall, citizens from some states may need a passport to fly … domestically? Since only about 40% of Americans have passports, there are things you should know. Are you and your colleagues prepared?

Start at the Beginning. In 2005, Congress passed the Real ID Act after a recommendation from the 9/11 commission and is intended to prevent terrorism through identity fraud. The law states that by 2020, anybody passing through a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security checkpoint will have to have identification that meets minimum standards of security, also known as a Real ID Identification.

When Should I Be Worried? Currently, 30 states issue driver’s licenses and state identification that is compliant. (AL, AZ, AR, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, IN, IA, KS, LA, MD, MI, MS, NE, NV, NM, NY, NC, OH, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, WV, WI, WY) All remaining states currently have an extension and need no additional documentation to fly domestically. However, current extensions are only in effect until Oct. 10, 2018.  If your state is not compliant and is not granted another extension, citizens flying commercially in these states will need alternative forms of identification.

What Are My Choices? If your state is not in compliance or granted an extension in October, the Department of Homeland Security has an alternate list of acceptable identification, including a U.S. Passport, a DHS trusted traveler card (Global Entry, NEXUS, etc.), a U.S. Department of Defense ID, a permanent resident card, or a border crossing card. Although the Transportation Security Administration has no preference for any form of identification, for the vast majority of Americans needing to travel and whose states are not compliant, a passport is the most practical option.

How Do I Get a Passport?  Visit this link to apply.

Any other travel questions? Trust the trusted experts in GCFA’s Travel and Meeting Planning Department. We offer comprehensive event planning, including online registration, audio/visual assessments and our newest offering, UMC Meet, our mobile event app. Contact Cheryl Akey at or call 615 369-2348

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