California Department of Motor Vehicles Shares Real ID Act Information with LAX Guests

02/27/2019 03:07 PM

REAL ID-compliant identification will be required by TSA by Oct. 1, 2020.

For Immediate Release 
February 27, 2019


LAX Public Relations
(424) 646-5260


TSA will require IDs complying with the federal REAL ID Act starting October 1, 2020

(Los Angeles, CA) Today, representatives from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) came to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to share information with airport guests about the federal REAL ID Act.

The REAL ID Act, passed in 2005, requires states to issue identification cards that comply with new federal standards collectively referred to as REAL ID. After Oct. 1, 2020, commercial jet travelers on domestic flights in California must use federally compliant identification (e.g., REAL ID-compliant identification, U.S. Passport, etc.) to pass through Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening. Prior to this deadline, travelers may still use non-federally compliant Driver's Licenses and California IDs to pass through TSA and board domestic flights.

At LAX's Tom Bradley International Terminal, DMV staff answered questions that travelers may have about traveling with their California Driver's License or identification card and the requirements of the REAL ID Act.

Federally compliant California driver licenses are now available through the DMV. For more information about REAL ID, its implementation in California, how to obtain a federally compliant ID in advance of the 2020 deadline, and other options for travel, please visit

Fact sheet credit: California Department of Motor Vehicles

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