News Release, Motor Vehicle Administration Enforcement begins in 18 months at all U.S. airport checkpoints WASHINGTON \u2013 The Transportation Security Administration is reminding travelers that beginning October 1, 2020, every traveler must present a REAL ID-compliant driver\u2019s license, or another acceptable form of identification, to fly within the United States. TSA has launched a public awareness campaign about the upcoming identification changes to ensure that every traveler is prepared for the airport security checkpoint process when the REAL ID Act goes into full enforcement. \u201cTSA is doing everything we can to prepare our partners and the traveling public for the REAL ID deadline next year,\u201d said TSA Administrator David Pekoske. \u201cThe security requirements of the REAL ID Act will dramatically enhance and improve commercial aviation security.\u201d Travelers will begin seeing new signs at airports nationwide in the coming weeks to remind people that REAL ID-compliant licenses or other acceptable forms of ID, such as a valid passport, federal government PIV card or U.S. military ID, will be mandatory for air travel beginning on October 1, 2020. Critically important, on October 1, 2020, individuals who are unable to verify their identity will not be permitted to enter the TSA checkpoint and will not be allowed to fly. REAL ID-compliant licenses are generally marked by a star on the top of the card. Travelers who are not sure if their ID is compliant should check with their state driver\u2019s license agency. Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act complies with the 9\/11 Commission's recommendation that the federal government \u201cset standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver's licenses.\u201d The Act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards and prohibits federal agencies from accepting licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards for official purposes, such as at airport security checkpoints. The regulations established the deadline of October 1, 2020, to ensure full enforcement of the REAL ID Act by that date. States have made considerable progress in meeting this key recommendation of the 9\/11 Commission and every state has a more secure driver's license today than before the passage of the Act. For more information about flying with a REAL ID and to download and print informational materials, visit tsa.gov\/real-id.