Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski reminds residents the federal REAL ID requirements will go into effect in six months: May 3, 2023. That means one will need a REAL ID to board any domestic flights, enter a military base or access certain federal facilities.
“The REAL ID requirement was supposed to take effect on Oct. 1, 2020, but was postponed several times due the pandemic,” Jastrzemski said. “However, it appears almost certain there will be no further delays, and you will have to have a REAL ID to board any flight in the United States.”
According to Jastrzemski, New York’s REAL ID license, enhanced driver’s license and a passport all meet the federal requirements. Residents do still need a passport to fly to other countries.
“People need to think about which ID is right for them,” Jastrzemski said. “I often urge people to strongly consider getting a passport, since it will cover domestic flights, trips to Canada and any other international travel. While it costs a little more than the New York state Real ID and enhanced licenses, it is good for 10 years and will meet every one of your travel needs.”
Jastrzemski said residents can visit https://dmv.ny.gov/get-enhanced-or-real-id to learn more about the different ID options. Those interested in obtaining a passport can learn more about those requirements at https://tinyurl.com/cnvjzwkp.