Beginning October 1, 2020, a REAL ID compliant license or other form of acceptable ID will be required to fly within the US.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has recently begun a public awareness campaign to remind those who travel of the fall deadline. Acceptable forms of REAL ID include a REAL ID compliant license, a valid US Passport, or a military ID.

For those who have obtained a Maine driver's license in the past few months, you'll notice a star in the upper right hand corner. That indicates a REAL ID compliant license. If you don't have a REAL ID driver’s licenses or identification yet, they are available in Maine from your nearest Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles office. There is a charge, depending on the form of ID you choose.

You will need to show documents identifying you by name and birth date, showing you are lawfully in the United States, provide a valid Social Security number or proof of eligibility, and at least two documents proving Maine residency. You can get a Maine REAL ID Document Checklist from the Maine Department of the Secretary of State, Bureau of Motor Vehicles.  The website for more information is

If your name has legally changed and now differs from your identity document, proof of the name change must be provided as well (for example, a marriage license, divorce decree, or court order).

For more information on flying with a REAL ID, visit

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