Planning to Fly for An Interstate Adoption? Make Sure Your ID is Compliant


If you are considering flying for an interstate adoption, you will have to make sure your state ID is compliant with federal rules. After the September 11th terrorist attacks, the federal government implemented new state ID requirements for safety concerns known as REAL ID.  Since then, many states have updated their ID cards to be compliant, whereas several states are still in the process and have been granted an extension. The following states are not yet compliant and have been granted an extension: Pennsylvania, Arkansas, California, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Rhode Island.

Pennsylvania Residents.  Starting October 2020, Pennsylvania residents will need a "REAL ID-compliant" driver's license or a federally issued ID such as a passport to fly between states.  PennDOT began issuing the REAL ID-Compliant driver's licenses in March 2019.  Information on applying for a REAL ID-Compliant driver's license today are here, and the checklist for needed documents is here.  It is recommended that all PA residents apply for this new ID as soon as possible or make sure they have an updated passport.

Outside PA? Check the Dept. of Homeland Security REAL ID to make sure your ID is compliant with REAL ID requirements for interstate air travel or if you will need to update your ID.

Federal ID may be used in lieu of a state ID, such as a US passport, global entry card, military ID. You can check the list of TSA approved identification here.

For more information, check the REAL ID Frequently Asked Questions.

Not sure where to begin? Contact us to schedule your Adoption Legal Consultation to discuss the best next steps in your family building options.

Liz Vaysman