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REAL IDs will be necessary to board planes

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Starting on May 3, 2023 travelers looking to board a plane will need Enhanced licenses or REAL IDs in order to fly.

REAL ID required for travelers to board planes

This announcement comes from the Syracuse Hancock International Airport.

The Department of Homeland Security says that COVID-19 has had a huge impact on people being able to get a REAL ID license.

The requirement of REAL IDs to board planes has had the deadline extended

According to Local Syracuse, Secretary Mayorkas with the Department of Homeland Security said that protecting the health and safety of communities takes top priority.

The United States is still working to recover from the pandemic, which allowed the Real ID requirement to board planes to be extended.

This will give states a chance to catch up with their DMV processing. It will also make sure residents can get a REAL ID in time for the deadline.

People are urged to take care of this as soon as possible to avoid any issues in the future.

The REAL ID plane requirement explained

The requirement is set to begin on May 3, 2023. This means any traveler over the age of 18 must have a REAL ID license. They could have another TSA acceptable form of identification to board a plane.

You can get a REAL ID by going to your DMV to apply.

The cost to get one if your license is up for renewal costs the same as a standard license.

If you aren’t up for renewal then the charge is $12.50.

An enhanced driver’s license will cost $30 more dollars.

All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and four out of five U.S. territories are upholding the REAL ID requirement for air travel.

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