There is an important change coming to airport security in 2020. We encourage school groups planning trips in 2020 to consider the changes to TSA security, particularly in regards to adult trip chaperones.
Beginning on October 1st, 2020, adult passengers traveling within the United States will be required to show a REAL ID compliant identification or an acceptable alternative ID, such as a passport, military ID, or DHS enhanced travel card.
How can you tell if your driver's license is REAL ID compliant?
Typically, REAL ID compliant cards have a star or other security marker in the upper portion of the card. If you're not sure, you can check with your state driver's license agency or view the status of your state's REAL ID compliance here.
How to obtain a REAL ID?
If your ID is not in compliance with REAL ID, you can obtain a new/duplicate license or ID from your state's driver's license agency. Most states by this point are in compliance.
Seven states (Oregon, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Maine) were granted extensions with varying deadlines for meeting the rules for issuing REAL ID driver's licenses and IDs. (Some have until Aug. 1, 2019, while others have until Oct. 10, 2019).
Why the change?
The REAL ID Act was in response to the 9/11 Commission's recommendation that the federal government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver's licenses.” In other words, the initiative establishes minimum security standards for driver's licenses and identification cards that federal agencies like the TSA use for ensuring safety as passengers get through airport secruity to board aircrafts.
So be sure as you're planning your chaperone meetings that you include informations on the security changes coming to your airport in 2020.