In Q4 of 2015, big news surfaced about the Government's TSA mandate on valid forms of ID required to board U.S. domestic flights in 2016... Well, it's 2016! And we want to be sure you're informed about your travel experiences, and whether you'll need a passport to get to Newmarket's Customer Conference in May.
Will I need a passport?
According to an article from CNN, there are four states in the U.S. with Driver's Licenses which have been found to be invalid by the Department of Homeland Security. Of these states, two may discover they'll need a more substantial form of ID when it comes to domestic travel.
As of January 2016, the Department of Homeland Security announced an update on REAL ID enforcement, stating that education on the topic will come before any required changes in non-compliant identification. Changes and enforcement will begin January 2018, and by October 2020 every State ID is expected to be compliant with REAL ID standards. DHS created a helpful infographic depicting the stages of enforcement, and which states will be affected.
For a full list of compliant and non-compliant states, please check the Department of Homeland Security website.
What is an acceptable form of ID?
Travel and Leisure Magazine produced an article on the domestic travel passport
requirement, and shared suitable replacements for invalid Driver's Licenses. More details on these acceptable forms of ID can be found on their website.
How do I get a passport?
Want to attend the customer conference but don't know where to start when it comes to getting your passport?
The U.S. Department of State offers a "Passport Wizard" for first time applicants, which walks through eligibility, associated costs, documents you'll need, photo requirements, and forms to be signed and completed for application.