In one year the REAL ID will be in effect. According to recent study 57% of Americans do not know what that means. I thought i would try and explain it for you.
Passed back in 2005, the REAL ID Act requires new federal standards for state-issued forms of identification like a driver’s license or state ID. The idea was to make ID harder to copy and give a single standard for all states to follow. So come next Oct 1 in order to fly anywhere you will be required to either present a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or a U.S. passport.
72 percent of Americans either do not have a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or are unsure if they do. Add to this that most Americans do not have passports and you have a bit of a problem.
It is estimated that if REAL ID standards were to be fully enforced immediately, at least 78,500 air travelers could be turned away at TSA checkpoints on the first day,
If you have gotten a Drivers Licence in last year check the top right corner to see if it has a star. If it does then you have a Real ID.
If not you either will need to go to the DMV and get a Real ID compliant Licence or go ahead and get your passport so you start exploring the world.