South Carolina residents flying on or after Jan. 22, 2018, may need a form of identification other than a SC driver’s license or identification card to go through security and board a plane.
The US Congress passed the REAL ID Act of 2005 as a result of the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation to standardize government-issued identifications, like driver’s licenses. The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) has begun accepting documentation from residents who are interested in obtaining a REAL ID and is working towards full-compliance with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
REAL IDs will be available in SC in 2018. The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has granted South Carolina a grace period for REAL ID enforcement through January 22, 2018. As of September 13, 2017, a current, unexpired SC driver's license or identification card can be used as your identification to pass security at airports nationwide, enter secure federal buildings, or visit military installations until January 22, 2018.
SC is working with the DHS on further extensions while, at the same time, working towards certification to issue REAL ID licenses and IDs. When the state is certified compliant, your current, valid South Carolina driver's license or identification card may be used as your identification to board a commercial flight until October 1, 2020.
Absent an additional extension from the DHS, anyone flying on or after Jan. 22, 2018, will need alternate, federally-approved, identification. Starting October 1, 2020, every traveler will need to present a REAL ID-compliant license or another acceptable form of identification for domestic air travel.
Other forms of acceptable identification include:
- U.S. passport
- U.S. passport card
- DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
- U.S. military ID (active duty or retired military and their dependents, and DoD civilians)
- Permanent resident card
- Foreign government-issued passport
Complete list of acceptable identification
The TSA and Department of Homeland Securty FAQ is available online.
South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles
South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles REAL ID brochure
How South Carolina is preparting for the REAL ID requirements
Email the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles at RealID@scdmv.net with your questions.