You May Soon Need a Star ID to Get on a Plane

The much-delayed Real ID law is scheduled to finally be applied to air travel beginning on January 22, 2018. I haven't much worried about this, or even bothered to mention it up to this point, because I've always read that an Alabama Driver's License is compliant with the new rules. No further action necessary. 

Um, maybe not. It turns out that not all AL Driver's Licenses are created equal. If yours doesn't have a nice little star in the upper left hand corner, you may not have the correct identification with which to fly. Apparently, you can get a compliant ID, but it's optional in Alabama. So you could just as easily NOT get one, and that's what few people are saying. If you don't fly, then don't worry about it. But if you want to board an airplane once the rules take effect, you need an enhanced Driver's License with a Star ID, or a passport. (Some other IDs would be accepted, as well, but those are the two most common). 

Once you watch this video from, you may want to pony up and just get a passport


If you plan to get a Star ID in Alabama, check out THIS LINK.

Florida Residents: You're in luck. The state has been issuing Driver's Licenses with a Star ID since 2010; and by now, most Floridians appear to have the enhanced license. You can check for the white star inside a yellow circle. If you have that, you're good to fly. If not, here's the info you need



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