Are you getting ready to travel outside the country for business or a vacation? Is your passport ready? Let me warn you that getting one is expensive. You might want to check this article out to save money in obtaining a passport.
Passports used to be something only jetsetters needed when traveling overseas.
Thanks to a new law set to take effect in 2018, many U.S. citizens may need a passport even if they don’t plan to leave American soil.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is about to make it even harder to get through security checkpoints around the country.
Beginning Jan. 22, 2018, many states will require a U.S. passport, U.S. passport card, U.S. military ID or other TSA-approved documentation to board commercial flights in the United States.
Some states are ready to begin enforcing the new policy right away, while others have been granted an extension to have more time to prepare.
Visit the Department of Homeland Security website to learn the status of your state and what documentation you’ll need to travel by air.
Even if your state doesn’t currently require additional documentation, it’s still a good idea to get your passport paperwork in order now.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, “Starting October 1, 2020, every air traveler will need a REAL ID-compliant license, or another acceptable form of identification, for domestic air travel.”
What’s the REAL ID Law?
In an effort to crack down on fake IDs, Congress enacted a law requiring domestic travelers to produce a supplementary form of identification besides a driver’s license or state-issued ID card.
It might seem like this new regulation came out of nowhere, but Congress actually passed the REAL ID act in 2005. Oh, wheels of government. Why you gotta turn so slow?