Question about flying with REAL ID

T_Yamamoto

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So as some of you may know, some states have already implemented the changes for the REAL ID.

I live in a state that hasn't fully implemented the changes (won't be required till 2020) BUT I did put in a request for a REAL ID.

Now the question is, if my REAL ID doesn't come in time, should/will I need a passport to fly back from a state that is already mandating REAL ID?

(In case that was confusing, I'm flying to Illinois from North Carolina. NC doesn't require REAL ID, IL requires it. Do I bring my passport if my REAL ID doesn't come in time)
 

spacejamz

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How much of a hassle is it to just bring it just in case if you already have it?

I have the passport card I just leave l in my backpack when traveling just in case something happens to my wallet/Drivers License if I am in another city....
 

sdifox

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Soon you'll need permission to leave your town...
 
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T_Yamamoto

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I'm gonna guess yes.
Better safe than stuck.

How much of a hassle is it to just bring it just in case if you already have it?

I have the passport card I just leave l in my backpack when traveling just in case something happens to my wallet/Drivers License if I am in another city....
I'm not a US Citizen so I'd have to bring my passport or green card probably, if I lose either of these things, it's gonna take a long ass time to acquire another one.

I'd rather not have my shit stolen/lost.

Needing papers for domestic travel ... how Soviet.
This is America.
 

snoopy7548

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I just hemmed and hawed with myself over this when I flew to TX from MA and back a few weeks ago. I think MA has an extension (you don't need it until 2020) but TX is compliant, and I couldn't find a straight answer anywhere.

I brought my passport just in case, but I had absolutely no problem using my non-Real ID MA driver's license. Nobody asked for my passport. I'd say bring your passport just in case.
 

T_Yamamoto

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I just hemmed and hawed with myself over this when I flew to TX from MA and back a few weeks ago. I think MA has an extension (you don't need it until 2020) but TX is compliant, and I couldn't find a straight answer anywhere.

I brought my passport just in case, but I had absolutely no problem using my non-Real ID MA driver's license. Nobody asked for my passport. I'd say bring your passport just in case.
Okay, thank you.
 

Red Squirrel

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Definitely bring a passport if flying. I always bring one with me if traveling anywhere but especially if flying. Just never know when it might be requested.

Though to be honest I can only think of one time where I actually needed it and it was when I went to a casino because I looked like 12 back then and it was probably the most legal form of ID I had on me to prove that I was actually over 19. :p Driver's license would have worked in that case.

But either way I feel better having my passport if going through an airport. The security stuff can be pretty crazy and daunting and it's best to be as prepared as possible.
 

dainthomas

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I wasn't aware that states could mandate what documents you need to fly. I thought it was one of those things the TSA did.
 

Chaotic42

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https://www.dhs.gov/real-id

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North Carolina is compliant with the REAL ID Act. Federal agencies can accept driver's licenses and identification cards from North Carolina at Federal facilities and nuclear power plants.
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