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The U.S. Department
of Homeland Security’s "REAL ID Act" will ultimately require all state-issued
drivers’ licenses to include "machine-readable technology" or chips to help
keep us safe and secure while traveling. 
While the intention was to begin enforcement of the REAL ID
Act in early 2016, the DHS is continuing a comprehensive evaluation of the act’s implementation. The results of that study will determine the timing of the next phases with ample advance notice. 

According to the DHS, "States and other jurisdictions have
made significant progress in enhancing the security of their licenses over the
last number of years.  As a result, approximately 70-80% of all U.S. drivers hold licenses from jurisdictions that meet the Act’s standards or that have received extensions. Individuals holding driver’s licenses or identification cards from these jurisdiction may continue to use them as before."

On January 22, 2018, because of the REAL ID act, those residing in Illinois, New York, Louisiana & Michigan won't be able to travel with only their state driver's licenses unless a Federal extension is granted

We strongly recommend that our clients apply for passports
they’ll not only be able to use them for international travel (including to
Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico), but they’ll be accepted universally as a
form of identification.

We also encourage our clients to sign up for the DHS Global Entry program,
which enables travelers to pass through U.S. Customs & Immigration much
more quickly and qualifies you for TSA’s Precheck airport security lines.

We also recommend that our clients request an enhanced or REAL ID driver’s
license, if available in your state, when convenient.



















Accepted Alternate Documents:

DHS Real ID Act FAQs:

DHS Global Entry:

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