Do I Really Need The Real ID?

Is Real ID really necessary?

A California REAL ID driver license or identification card meets the new requirements.

To answer our reader’s question, the REAL ID is optional, though it’s suggested you get one.

To travel domestically, travelers only need one valid form of ID, which can be a passport, military ID or a REAL ID..

Can I travel to Canada with real ID?

Q: Can I use my REAL ID card to cross the border into Canada and Mexico and for international travel? No. REAL ID cards cannot be used for border crossings into Canada, Mexico or other international travel.

Is a passport card worth it?

Passport cards are wallet sized while the passport book is larger and thicker. If you’re thinking of going on a cruise, the passport card might be nice when you need a from of identification to get on and off the ship. But, the passport card can only be used for international travel by land and sea.

What states have no real ID?

As of February 2020, all U.S. states are REAL ID-compliant except for Oregon, Oklahoma, and New Jersey. Oregon has an extension for REAL ID enforcement until August 7, 2020.

Do I need a real ID if I don’t fly?

Beginning October 1, 2021, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, state-issued enhanced driver’s license, or another acceptable form of ID to fly within the United States.

Can you drive into Canada without a passport?

Entry into Canada: Canadian law requires that all persons entering Canada carry both proof of citizenship and proof of identity. A valid U.S. passport, passport card, or NEXUS card satisfies these requirements for U.S. citizens.

Can I drive in Canada with a US license?

You need a valid driver’s license and proof of auto insurance to drive a car in Canada. A driver’s license and insurance from the United States are also valid in Canada for up to six months (at which point you may be required to exchange it for a Canadian driver’s license).

Can I go to Tijuana with just a driver’s license?

What to Bring. Have your passport or a valid photo ID ready when entering the border crossing. U.S. citizens must have a valid, unexpired passport or an Enhanced Driver’s License to come back into the U.S. Resident aliens must have a valid green card.

What happens if you don’t have a real ID by 2020?

If you are without a REAL ID come October 1, 2021, (previously October 2020, until the global pandemic pushed off the deadline) you might not be able to fly in the U.S. with just your state-issued ID.

What happens if you don’t have the real ID?

By October 2021, if you don’t have a Real ID, passport or trusted traveler program card (such as Global Entry), you will not be able to fly. … This is serious: If you don’t present a Real ID, valid passport, or trusted traveler program card, such as Global Entry or Nexus, you will not be allowed to fly.