Many of us travel all over in search of amazing escape rooms.
Starting on October 1, 2020, American citizens will need a “REAL ID” compliant form of identification for domestic airplane travel.
That is only 1 year away.
The law dates back to the post 9/11 security freakout of 2005. Rollout/ enforcement has been delayed repeatedly, but October of 2020 is the drop-dead enforcement date.
Some states adopted this law a few years ago. Others, like my adopted home, the great State of New Jersey, just started rolling it out.
I am out today, literally renewing my license as a REAL ID as this publishes.
We’re going to set aside whether this is a good or bad idea and look at the facts as they pertain to escape room tourists.
Is My License a REAL ID?
It’s pretty easy to tell if your license is a REAL ID. It will have a star in the upper right quarter that looks like one of these:
What Happens on October 1, 2020?
If you don’t have a REAL ID as of October 1, 2020, the TSA will require you to fly domestically with a valid passport. Otherwise they won’t let you through security.
Take a look at your license and make sure that your future travels won’t be disrupted by this Bush-era law that took over a decade to roll out.
Visit the TSA for more information on REAL ID.
Note that you will still need a passport for international travel, now and after October 1, 2020. For Americans attending our escape room tour, Escape Immerse Explore: Montreal 2020, make sure you have a passport. And if you have a passport, but not a ticket to this event, there are just a few left!