Changing Up a Gear: REAL ID Act Prompts U.S. States to Modernize Driver's Licenses

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By Sam Gazeley | 4Q 2019 | IN-5637


REAL ID and What It Means


After passing through Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act has had a significant impact on the government ID market in the US. Starting October 1, 2020, air travel within the United States will only be permissible for citizens carrying a REAL ID driver’s license (or another form of accepted identification), sometimes denoted by a star on the top right of the card. As ownership of a card is mandatory to pass through the airport gate, U.S. officials are becoming increasingly concerned that, less than a year from the deadline, a significant number of U.S. citizens will not have such a credential by then.

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