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What to Know About REAL ID and Business Travel in Maryland

What to Know About REAL ID and Business Travel in Maryland

If you often travel for business purposes, chances are you've heard about the changes that are underway about what classifies as acceptable identification to fly domestic flights.

National enforcement of the REAL ID Act at the card level begins on October 1, 2020. Maryland has been Real ID-compliant since 2011. To be considered REAL ID compliant, you must have the required documents on file with the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA).

Why the ID Change?

The REAL ID Act, which passed in 2005 by the US Congress after the 9/11 Commission, strongly suggested standardizing government-issued identifications, setting minimum security standards for driver's licenses, which included machine-readable technology. The newly designed licenses will be required to access federal facilities, enter nuclear power plants, and board federally regulated commercial aircraft.

Acceptable ID's for Flying Domestically

TSA will continue numerous forms of acceptable ID for air travel within the US, including:

  • State-issued drivers licenses or other state photo ID cards
  • US passports and passport cards
  • DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
  • US military ID.
  • Green Cards
  • Border Crossing Cards
  • DHS-designated enhanced driver's licenses
  • Federally recognized, tribal-issued photo IDs
  • HSPD-12 PIV cards
  • Foreign government-issued passports
  • Canadian provincial driver's licenses or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada cards
  • Transportation worker identification credential

Posted on Feb 28 2020

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