Thursday, March 3, 2016

@AskTSA Travel Tips In Over 140 Characters: Can I Fly Without ID? What about Real ID?

A photo of a U.S. passport and a boarding pass

A screen capture of an @AskTSA message

Did you forget your ID at home? Did you lose your wallet or purse? Did your license expire and you don’t have time to renew it before you travel? No worries! Simply approach the TSA travel document checker and let our officer know. We’ll ask you to complete a form to include your name and current address, and may ask additional questions to confirm your identity.

If we can confirm your identity, you’ll be cleared to proceed through security and may be subject to additional screening. If we can’t confirm your identity with the information you provide or if you’re not willing to provide us with the information needed to help us make a determination, you may not be permitted to make the trip.

If you do not have your ID, please allow extra time for check in. We would not want you to miss you flight. In addition, please note that temporary IDs are not valid at the security checkpoint. Please see the list of approved identification below.

List of Approved Identification

TSA does not require children under 18 to provide identification when traveling with a companion within the United States. We recommend you contact your airline for questions regarding specific ID requirements for travelers under 18.

    A photo of a New York State driver license and a wallet
  • Driver's licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent)
  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. passport card
  • DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
  • U.S. military ID (active duty or retired military and their dependents, and DoD civilians)
  • Permanent resident card
  • Border crossing card
  • DHS-designated enhanced driver's license
  • Airline or airport-issued ID (if issued under a TSA-approved security plan)
  • Federally recognized, tribal-issued photo ID
  • HSPD-12 PIV card
  • Foreign government-issued passport
  • Canadian provincial driver's license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card
  • Transportation worker identification credential
  • Immigration and Naturalization Service Employment Authorization Card (I-766)

A screen capture of an @AskTSA message

Let me set the record straight. We’ll continue to accept valid driver’s licenses and identification cards issued by all states until January 22, 2018. See our FAQs on REAL ID.

An infographic of Real ID


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If you’re scratching your head and wondering what @AskTSA is, it’s a small team of TSA professionals from various agency offices who answer TSA related questions from the traveling public that are sent via Twitter. You can read more about the program in this recent USA Today article.

You may also wish to consult with your airline about any policies they may have regarding the item (s) you’d like to travel with.

If you have any TSA related travel questions, please send a tweet to our @AskTSA team. They’re available to answer your questions, 8 a.m.- 10 p.m., Eastern Time, weekdays; 9 a.m. -7 p.m., weekends/holidays. 

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Bob Burns
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RB said...

Where exactly does TSA gain authority to restrict a persons freedom to travel without due process?

Why does ID matter when the individual is screened for WEI?

I would say what TSA represents but you people won't post the truth.

Anonymous said...

Except you failed to explain how ID affects in any way the security of the aircraft and it's passengers? How does who I claim to be make any difference?

Stef said...

At what age do children need identification in order to fly?

Anonymous said...

What's the point of asking for ID in the first place? If you're screening people adequately, what does it matter if they have any ID at all with them?

Fix the TSA said...

Why does the TSA think that they should touch someone's breasts, buttocks, and genitals, in addition to groping through his's private property, just because he forgot or lost his ID?

Think about it. The screener goes through whatever public databases you use to determine that the passenger is who he says he is. He has been identified, probably to a greater degree that just showing a driver's license.

Therefore, as an identified passenger, he should not be subject to any more degree of abuse and violation than any other person*.

So why is this retaliatory process forced on someone without a card? TSA SOP forbids retaliatory actions, but there is no other explanation for how people without an ID card are treated by screeners.

*Yes. I do know other flyers with ID are groped and their bags torn apart by screeners.

Fix the TSA said...

West, it's been a week or more since we played your "delete and deny" game in the Feb 8 post comment section. What actions have you taken to get a manager or someone higher up than the blog team here to address the serious issue of missing (deleted) comments?

Susan Richart said...

DHS will blink in 2018 also.

It's amazing the number of people who apparently are flying without ID of any kind - not that it matters, however, except to the TSA.

screen shot/DHS OIG statement said...

The main drawback of the Real ID is that it gets scanned. ANYTHING that can be scanned CAN BE Hacked! So, as we now have to get these New Drivers Licences or as they are called Real IDs to be able to board a plane to fly within the United States, we will also be making ourselves more vulnerable to having our identities stolen! True Hackers are getting more sophisticated everyday. How many news reports have we seen about Target stores and other stores who got Hacked, and anyone who used their debit or credit cards at those stores were left vulnerable to that hack.
These Real IDs are going to be no different. There will be an intelligent and sophisticated enough Hacker out there to create a program to steal our identities. And once ALL of someone's Real ID information is out there, and getting used, what do they do then?
Don't think it can't happen, there are more chances it can, than can't.

Anonymous said...

Why bother checking ID's at the checkpoint. You aren't comparing them to no fly lists there. That is done when the ticket is purchased. As long as everyone is properly screened and has no weapons, I don't care if they are on my plane. They can't do anything without no weapons. The airlines can check ID's if they want for revenue protection.

It seems like the ID checkers could be assigned to screening and that would be a better use of resources. This is especially true since there have been long lines reported at a lot of airports and your Ask TSA twitter account is recommending arriving 3 hours early for domestic flights.

SSSS for some reason said...

How is ID in any way important for security? It has already been demonstrated, repeatedly even, how to get around this idea of yours... for example: You book a flight using a fake ID, one that isn't on the watch list. You use a fake boarding pass that matches your real name and real ID at the TSA choke-point. Then you get on the plane using the fake id and ticket you started with.

Your job is to inspect the passengers for WEI. Why do you care what our name is?

RB said...

If TSA is doing a bang up job then how come people all over the country are complaining about long, slow lines, missed flights, and other abuses by TSA screeners like the screener that sent a wheelchair bound person to the end of the line after complaing about the long TSA line at that airport. Source? @AskTSA!

tramky said...

The original question stated that the person didn't have a passport. Was this an international flight, I didn't think that leaving THIS country without a passport is prohibited. What would the person be doing if he/she arrived in, say, Italy with no passport? Of course, THAT is the passenger's problem, not TSA's.

On the other hand, what does any of this have to do with safety on a flight? It could be argued that anyone with a boarding pass AND who is screened at a security checkpoint should be permitted to board a plane. And that security checkpoint screening should involve ONLY consideration of safety on the plane, and NOT include such extraneous activities like looking for drugs. A passenger in possession of illegal drugs is still NOT a threat to flight safety. A baggy of marijuana? Why should TSA care--might as well be grass clippings. A small box of crystal meth? Might as well be rock candy.

But the fact is that TSA security checkpoints are a portal to every law enforcement agency in the world--and I do mean EVERY.

Shannon said...

It's a bit different here in the UK, travelling to the rest of Europe...Many people think that you can still travel to Europe on an expired passport or that they can simply use their driving license or valid photo ID. This belief often stems from reports of European citizens using identity cards to both travel in Europe and visit the UK. In many cases European citizens do have the right to do this, but it is often restricted by certain conditions and time limits and unfortunately this does not apply for British Citizens looking at travel abroad, you must have a Full UK Passport in order to travel outside the UK.

Martin said...

If you have the citizenship of a european country, you are also automatically a citizen of the European Union. Therefore You have a right of residence for three months. As EU citizens , you may , for example, stay for three months in Germany. All you need is a valid identity card or passport.

RB said...

@AskTSA and other official TSA government Twitter accounts seems to have a habit of blocking some Tweeter users. When did government abolish the First Amendment?

Civil rights violation TSA.

Richard Ebert said...

How does a person legally transport a firearm on a domestic flight?

Ava Blair said...

What about medications and cosmetics? What are the restrictions?

Hernán said...

Can you carry on trekking poles

Fix the TSA said...

West, why hasn't anyone replied to the three questions above?

Unknown said...

Can I bring pottery ornaments in my hand luggage?

dashman said...

I have global entry and kcm so I have precheck every flight. Today I was jumping to training. The FO for my flight was randomly selected for additional screening in MOT your sup said no it's fine. Im the next person through the metal dector, no alarm I'm pulled out of line for "random" inspection wasn't even given the option to opt out of the body scanner which I had to go back in line for which I haven't went through in almost 2 years.

Karri Callaway said...

My wallet was stolen 6 days before my flight. I had to apply for reissue of my drivers license which can take up to 30 days to receive the hard copy. Will the temporary license be accepted at check in?

John said...

If you have the us citizenship and immigration services of a european country, you are also automatically a citizen of the European Union. Therefore You have a right of residence for three months. As EU citizens , you may , for example, stay for three months in Germany. All you need is a valid identity card or passport.

Amy Foster said...

My driver's license expired two weeks ago. I renewed it and am waiting for the hard copy to come in the mail. I have the expired license and my new "temporary license" (a printed confirmation that I renewed it). Will this combination work as picture ID when I fly domestically next week if my replacement license has not arrived?

Unknown said...

Noo tsa says that but good thing I work at the airport I will just go in where the employees go in...