Your driver’s license needs a star if you want to use it to travel next year

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — If you don’t have a gold star on your state-issued ID or driver’s license, it won’t be valid as a form of identification when you travel after October 2020.

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport issued a reminder Wednesday for travelers to update their state-issued ID or driver’s license to comply with the 2005 REAL ID act, which created minimum security standards for state-issued IDs. You can read more about the REAL ID act on the Transportation Security Administration website.

“On a Texas license, the REAL ID star is gold in color and appears in the upper right hand corner above the expiration date,” officials wrote. You can find out if your ID is compliant and apply for a new Texas state ID or driver’s license on the Department of Public Security website.

Beginning in October 2020, travelers over the age of 18 will need to have identification that is compliant with the legislation. If you don’t update your ID, you can also use other forms of identification that are approved by TSA:

  • Passport
  • Department of Homeland Security trusted traveler card
  • U.S. Department of Defense ID
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Employment Authorization Card
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • View all accepted forms of identification here

Along with non-compliant state IDs, temporary driver’s licenses and weapons permits will NOT be accepted at TSA checkpoints.

Once the changes go into effect on October 1, 2020, travelers who cannot prove who they are with one of the acceptable forms of identification, will not be allowed through TSA checkpoints. Children under the age of 18 will not be subject to this scrutiny if they’re traveling with an adult.

(KRON) – Exactly one year from today, you will need a REAL ID to fly within the United States or enter secure federal facilities and military bases.

The DMV is reminding you that starting Oct. 1, 2020, Texans will need a REAL ID driver license or identification card or other federally-approved document to pass through security checkpoints.

What’s the difference between a REAL ID and a regular driver license or ID card?

A gold star indicates your Texas driver license or ID card is REAL ID-compliant.

If you still haven’t applied for yours yet, remember you must visit a DMV office and bring the following:

  • ONE proof of Identity – Original or Certified (Valid passport, birth certificate, etc.)
  • ONE proof of Social Security number (Social Security card or W-2 form showing entire number)
  • TWO different proofs of Texas Residency showing street address; paper documents required (Utility or cell phone bill, bank statement, mortgage bill, etc.)

>> Click here to view a complete list of acceptable application documents.

Keep in mind that if you have one of the following, you may NOT need a REAL ID to fly or enter secure federal buildings:

  • Valid US passport
  • Military ID
  • Global Entry Card
  • Other federally-approved document

Remember that a REAL ID does NOT replace a passport for travel outside the United States.

The DMV encourages you to wait until your driver license or ID card is up for renewal, then to simultaneously apply for a REAL ID.

If your card expires after the Oct. 2020 enforcement date, apply as soon as possible.

According to a survey conducted by market research firm Longwoods International, 72% of Americans either do not have a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or are unsure if they do.

The study also found that more than half of Americans (57%) said they did not know about the upcoming deadline.

The REAL ID Act originally passed in 2005.

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