There are clear signs that the traveling public is not prepared for this deadline, which risks chaos at airport checkpoints one year from today. According to our friends at the U.S. Travel Association, a majority of Americans (57%) are unaware of the October 1, 2020 deadline. Furthermore, an estimated 182 million Americans (72%) either have a standard driver’s license or are unsure whether their ID is REAL ID-compliant, and an estimated 99 million Americans (39%) do not have any form of identification (e.g. passport, U.S. military ID, enhanced driver’s license) that would be accepted on October 1, 2020.

While the deadline is a year away, it’s not too early for travel advisors to educate and prepare their clients for this deadline. As an industry, our goal should be that no travel advisor client is prevented from boarding a plane due to a lack of familiarity with the REAL ID requirements. We’ll have to work together over next year, and beyond, to make that a reality.Click here to download PDF.

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