Why you might need a Passport to travel domestically.
Lately, I have been noticing signs in the airport saying that a few states are requiring you to have another legal form of Identification to travel, regardless of where you are going. This made me wonder what this meant? So, naturally, I called upon the Google gods to answer my questions.
I found that if you live in these states, you will need a “REAL ID” to travel. That even includes if you are going travel domestically.
- South Carolina
Apparently, a state-issued driver’s license or Identification card will simply not be enough to travel anymore. Which means everyone (IF you live in these 9 states) will need to have TWO forms of identification when they travel.
There state issued I.D's don't mark up to the TSA's approved identification forms. So hence why you will need a passport to travel, even if you are staying inside the U.S.A. Those states have about 3 months to make changes to meet the TSA guidelines.
Some other options that you can use are your Military ID and a Permanente resident card if you have those handy.
How to avoid this: Make sure you have a passport that is still valid, if you have a passport but it is expired, no worries just go get it renewed!
If you don’t have a passport you can google “where to get a passport” and according to your location, it will point you in the right direction. You can also apply online at this website- Get a Passport now. According to a Forbes Article posted on Sep 30th, 2017 it looks like even more states might jump on to this by 2020! However, your passport is good for 10 years, so since 2020 is right around the corner, it may help to get your passport as soon as possible since it takes about 4-6 weeks to get approved. You can get expedited passports but those usually end up being more costly.
These states have already had this rule in effect so my recommendations to you would be, Always check the TSA website before you are traveling to see if anything has changed or new rules have been added!
Nothing worse than showing up to check in and you don't have the right documents! Always better to be over prepaird at the airport than under!