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Get REAL While Travelling

By M+E Staff

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!