Due to the recent raids in O’Hare Airport a few of my undocumented friends are afraid to fly. Is a passport really needed to fly even if its only in the United States or is any identification (whether expired or not) okay?
Here is the information right form the TSA website:
On April 28, 2008, DHS and TSA provided greater clarity on the types of identification that will be accepted at checkpoints in the United States.
Beginning on May 26, 2008, adult passengers (18 and over) will be required to show a U.S. federal or state-issued photo ID that contains the following: name, date of birth, gender, expiration date and a tamper-resistant feature. These IDs include:
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* U.S. passport
* U.S. passport card
* DHS “Trusted Traveler” cards (NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
* U.S. Military ID
* Permanent Resident Card
* Border Crossing Card
* DHS-designated enhanced driver’s license
* Drivers Licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent) that meets REAL ID benchmarks (All states are currently in compliance)
* A Native American Tribal Photo ID
* An airline or airport-issued ID (if issued under a TSA-approved security plan)
* A Registered Traveler Card (that contains the following: Name; Date of Birth; Gender; Expiration date; and a Tamper-resistant feature)
* A foreign government-issued passport
* Canadian provincial driver’s license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) card
* Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
Non-US/Canadian citizens are not required to carry their passports if they have documents issued by the U.S. government such as Permanent Resident Cards. Those who do not should be carrying their passports while visiting the U.S.
This standardization of the list of accepted documents better aligns TSA with other DHS components, including Customs and Border Protection, and REAL ID benchmarks.
Between April 28 and May 26, passengers who present a photo ID that does not include a name, date of birth, gender, expiration date and a tamper-resistant feature will be reminded of the upcoming changes at the checkpoint. After May 26, passengers who do not present an acceptable ID may be subject to additional screening.
Hope this helps!