TSA is not Accepting Driver Licenses After September 2020

By Steed,

Milwaukee, Wis. –President Bush and Congress had passed a law called the REAL-ID ACT 2005  requiring new measurements for domestic air travel that regular driver licenses are not acceptable without a Star indicating additional security questions by your State’s DMV. What documents are required to get a REAL ID?To obtain a REAL ID-compliant driver license or ID card, individuals must visit a Wisconsin DMV and bring the following original documents or a certified copy (not a photocopy, fax or scan):

Proof of Name and Date of Birth

Proof of Legal Presence in the U.S.

Proof of Identity

Proof of Name Change (if applicable)

Proof of Social Security Number

Proof of Address

“DMV scans source documents required to obtain a Wisconsin license or ID along with the application provided. Documents are returned to the customer after scanning.  The scanned documents are stored in a secured state repository/database and access is restricted solely to authorized users.” -Wisconsin DMV   TSA (Transportation Security Administration) does not require children under 18 to provide identification when traveling with a companion within the United States. The companion will need acceptable identification. Data breaches are subject to requirements for notification and other actions under Wisconsin statutes (s. 134.98).  The Federal Drivers Protection Act (DPPA) may possibly apply as well, depending upon the circumstances. 

REAL ID is a national set of standards, not a national identification card.  REAL ID does not create a federal database of driver license information. Each jurisdiction continues to issue its own unique license, maintains its own records, and controls who gets access to those records and under what circumstances. 

The purpose of REAL ID is to make our identity documents more consistent and secure. Those who are Undocumented REAL ID allows compliant states to issue driver’s licenses and identification cards where the identity of the applicant cannot be assured or for whom lawful presence is not determined.  In fact, some states currently issue noncompliant cards to undocumented individuals. Noncompliant cards must clearly state on their face (and in the machine readable zone) that they are not acceptable for REAL ID  purposes and must use a unique design or color to differentiate them from compliant cards.  DHS cautions against assuming that possession of a noncompliant card indicates the holder is an undocumented individual, given that individuals may obtain noncompliant cards for many reasons unrelated to lawful presence. The REAL ID Act allows states to issue temporary (i.e., limited-term), 

REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and ID cards to applicants who provide valid, documentary evidence that they have “approved deferred action status.”  [Sec. 202(c)(2)(B)(viii)]  Under the REAL ID regulation, applicants with approved deferred action who hold valid Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) and Social Security Numbers (SSNs) may qualify to receive temporary REAL ID driver’s licenses and ID cards.  The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) Program standardized and expedited the process for obtaining these supporting identification documents for individuals with Deferred Action seeking REAL IDs.  Individuals with approved Deferred Action, valid EADs and valid SSNs may continue to hold temporary (limited-term) REAL IDs until their expiration.  In any case, 

REAL ID compliant states may continue to issue noncompliant licenses and IDs to individuals with or without lawful status, including deferred action, as defined under the REAL ID Act. Any questions see www.dhs.gov or wisconsindot.gov.