REAL ID-compliant ID required to board flights after October 1, 2020

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) Beginning on October 1, 2020, travelers will be required to use a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license in order to board commercial flights.

REAL ID-compliant identification cards or driver's licenses can be determined by a star within a black circle on the upper right-hand corner of the card. (TSA)

In a press conference at Fairbanks International Airport Tuesday morning, Lorie Dankers, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) discussed some of the changes travelers may experience. “Travelers who are 18 years and older will need to show a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or identification card, or another acceptable form of identification to the TSA officer at the security checkpoint in order to be able to fly,” said Dankers. “TSA accepts multiple forms of identification beyond a driver’s license,” she added.

A U.S. passport or a passport card, a foreign government issued passport, federally recognized tribal issued photo IDs, active duty military credentials, Global Entry and NEXUS cards among other forms of identification will be accepted by the TSA. A full list of forms of identification can be found at the TSA website.

Obtaining a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license will require an original birth certificate or for a foreign-government issued passport for non-US citizens, a photo ID, an original social security card, and two documents proving residency in Alaska. These can include bills or pay stubs which display a current address.

Alaskans will still be able to choose whether or not they are issued a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license. According to Jenna Wamsganz, Acting Director of the Alaska Department of Motor Vehicles, REAL ID-compliance has only been compulsory for Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDL’s) since on January 2, 2019.

DMV representatives will be available at the airport beyond the security checkpoint to answer travelers’ questions.

Dankers encourages those interested in obtaining their REAL ID-compliant drivers licenses or identification cards to go earlier rather than later. “I can tell you that the Department of Administration said yesterday in Anchorage that they’re encouraging people to go this winter to get their driver’s license if that’s the route that they’re going to go,” said Dankers, “Because they do expect […] three or more hour wait times at the DMVs once summer comes.”

According to Dankers, a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or identification card will cost $60 in Alaska.

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