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Everything You Need to Know About IDs & Passports in 2017

Changes are coming to TSA's ID requirements. Find out everything you need to know about IDs and passports in 2017.

There will be a lot of changes going on in the world of travel and IDs in 2017. Take a minute to find out what you need to know about IDs and if there are any changes affecting you.

If you’re planning a trip in the next year, whether a short domestic flight or heading international, you’ll want to be in the know for what’s coming ahead of us.

TSA Increases Their Standards For IDs In 2018

A new federal law is coming into effect at the beginning of 2018, the REAL ID Act. This will have an impact on travelers around the country.

All IDs will now need to have machine-readable data. This is going to affect travelers from different states where driver licenses and state IDs may not compile at this time.

Some states are hurrying to meet the deadline, and some have been given extensions until 2020. You’ll want to make sure you know where you state falls into this change.

Your Drive License May No Longer Work for Flights

With the new increased standards, there are some states IDs that do not currently meet the qualifications. While most state’s drive’s licenses will still get you through TSA there are five states that have yet to add the new security measures to their IDs.

What does this mean? If you’re a resident of Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana or Washington, you’ll need a different type of ID to fly starting in 2018. This can be a military ID, a passport, or passport card, as examples. If you’re from one of these states make sure you’re prepared for the new regulations.Changes are coming to TSA's ID requirements. Find out everything you need to know about IDs and passports in 2017.

Renew Your Passport Now

2017 is expected to be the busiest year for passport renewals in the U.S. yet.

Why? It was ten years ago the U.S. started requiring passports to entry into Mexico and Canada. Meaning all those who got their first passports in 2007 will need to renew this year.

If you’re one of them, or just happen to need a renewal in the next year or so, expect the process to take longer than normal. The State Department is getting flooded with renewals so you’ll want to send yours in ASAP if you need a renewal in the next year.

Changes to U.S. Passports This Year

When you do get your new passport you might notice some changes. While the State Department hasn’t rolled them out yet they are in the works.

With the REAL ID Act, passports are getting an update as well. Expect that at some point this year, new passports will begin to have a data chip that provides your information via a scan.

On top of that, there will be added technology to help increase the security of the IDs.

You’ll also notice that passports are getting thinner! You will now only have 28 pages in your book unless you specify otherwise.Changes are coming to TSA's ID requirements. Find out everything you need to know about IDs and passports in 2017.

What You Need to Know About IDs – Check Yours ASAP

With all the changes coming up regarding IDs and their impacts on travel the best thing to do is check into your own.

What you need to know about IDs of your own is if your passport expiring soon? Or, is your driver’s license on the list that may not be accepted?

If the answer to either is yes, make sure to be prepared for the upcoming changed.Changes are coming to TSA's ID requirements. Find out everything you need to know about IDs and passports in 2017.

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