If you've been at the airport recently (and I'd be willing to bet you have, heading to meetings and conferences), you've probably seen the signs about new requirements for ID that will be going into effect October 2020. The new rules are part of the REAL ID Act which was passed in May 2005 and set new standards for driver's licenses and ID cards accepted at federal facilities and airport security checkpoints.

Beginning October 1, 2020, DHS and TSA will only accept U.S. passports or REAL ID-compliant IDs or licenses. Right now there are seven states, including Oregon, that are noncompliant. Oregon has until October 10, 2019 to become compliant. 

Here is an example of a REAL ID-compliant license. Note the star in the upper right-hand corner. If yours is not compliant, check with your state DMV before heading out to get a new ID. Some states are requiring additional documentation. Happy traveling!

Skip the ballroom and take your meeting to sea!


Ten years ago, when celebrating the 10th anniversary of my company, Elias Events, I wrote an article about the 10 changes I witnessed over the years. Now at the 20-year mark, I feel the need to write another article. This time around the changes in the special events industry are astounding, and to say advances in technology are a driving force behind special events is an understatement.