Beginning October 1st,2020, the federal REAL ID Act will require air travelers to have REAL ID-complaint documentation to fly domestically in the United States. Because New York State’s early adoption, there is still ample time to receive a REAL ID.
What are enhanced, Real and standard IDs?
There are currently three types of driver’s licenses, permits or non-driver IDs that New Yorkers can choose from.
Standard IDs can be used for identification purposes and to board domestic flights until October 1st, 2020. After that, an Enhanced ID or REAL ID will be required to get on a plane, unless you have a passport or any other accepted forms by TSA.
Enhanced IDs or REAL IDs can be used to board domestic flights, enter a federal building or military base, and for photo identification.
An Enhanced ID can be used to enter the U.S. by land or sea from Canada, Mexico, or some Caribbean countries. You still need a passport to travel to those countries, though.
REAL IDs and Enhanced IDs are not mandatory, and they are not necessary to be licensed to drive or vote.