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New TSA rules mean flyers may need new ID

COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) - The rules for TSA are changing, and New York State officials are encouraging travelers to be proactive before a 2020 deadline.

If you’re a frequent flyer, you may need to get new identification in the near future.

Most flyers show their regular driver’s license at security, but it won’t be accepted beginning October 1, 2020. For domestic flights, you’ll need a passport, Global Entry card, Enhanced driver’s license, or a REAL ID.

The change is part of the REAL ID Act, which Congress passed a few years after 9/11 to make it more difficult for terrorists to get ahold of identification and to prevent identity fraud.

Some travelers doubt it will increase safety.

“I don’t think it’s going to help any,” Sarah Knapp, of Madison County, said. “I think everything’s basically going to remain the same.”

Others are optimistic.

“I hope it’s going to help with security; I do,” Liz Garavuso, of Mechanicville, said. “I’m nervous every time I fly.”

Even if it means taking the time to gather their paperwork and going to the DMV.

“We’re from Long Island originally, so we lived through 9/11, and so, as I said, safety first is more important than the inconvenience,” Gary Garavuso, of Mechanicville, said.

“If it is to enhance security, you know, I don’t have a problem with it,” Karen Matthews, from the Catskills, said.

You can get the REAL ID or Enhanced ID at any DMV in the state.

The REAL ID costs the same as a standard ID, but the Enhanced ID costs an extra $30 since it allows you to travel to some countries by land or sea.

For more information about REAL ID and Enhanced Driver Licenses, visit dmv.ny.gov/REALID and https://dmv.ny.gov/driver-license/federal-real-id.

Frequently Asked Questions about the REAL ID.


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