Traveling Notice: Real ID Act Becomes Effective Jan. 2018
Dec. 15, 2016

Beginning January 2018, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will start enforcing REAL ID requirements at airport security checkpoints around the nation including George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU). Travelers seeking to use their state-issued driver’s license or identification card for boarding commercial aircraft may only use such documents if they are issued by a REAL ID compliant state or a non-compliant state with an extension.

Local TSA officials will begin posting signage at Houston Airports to notify passengers of this upcoming change.

Effective January 22, 2018, TSA will only accept state-issued driver’s licenses or identification cards if they are issued by a REAL ID compliant state or a non-compliant state with an extension.  As always, travelers may use alternate forms of identification such as a passport, military ID, or permanent resident card.

A complete list of identification documents accepted at TSA checkpoints is available on tsa.gov. Learn more about the Real ID program at dhs.gov.