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As of Oct. 1, 2020, the TSA will require indentification that complies with the Real ID Act in order to board any commercial flight.

    We've been hearing about this for months, but the date is getting closer to when people boarding flights at the Portland International Airport — or any U.S. airport for that matter — will need a new form if identification that's compliant with the Real ID Act.

As of Oct. 1, 2020, the Transportation Security Administration, will requirie the new type of identification to board any commercial flight. The new ID is designed to keep travelers safer in the air, but if you try to board an aircraft using your current Oregon driver's license starting in October, it won't work. That's because the current Oregon driver's license is not complaint with the Real ID Act.

Oregon DMV will begin offering the Real ID option on July 6, 2020. To fulfill the demand of nearly 1 million Oregonians who will want the Real ID option, DMV would have to issue 32 licenses a minute every business day from July to October. The DMV reports, "That's just not possible."

If you don't have a Real ID compliant form of ID at the airport, TSA will put you through an alternate identity verification process that could take an hour or more, and you could miss your flight.

There is an answer for Oregonians: obtain and use a passport or passport card. Both are compliant with the Real ID Act.

The cost of getting a new passport card is roughly equal to that of getting a replacement license with the Real ID option, and you can apply now at one of more than 76 acceptance sites across Oregon. Learn more here.


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