Travelers from Door and Kewaunee Counties who use their drivers' licenses for identification at airports will need REAL ID enhancements by October 1, 2020. That's when the Transportation Security Administration will require all passengers on domestic flights to have compliant identification showing a white star in a black circle in the upper right corner. Otherwise, passengers will not be allowed to board. The REAL ID Act was adopted in 2005 and states have been phasing it in on licenses or legal identification cards. Sturgeon Bay travel agent Sue Wehrli, with Frosch International, says other existing documents can help air passengers avoid a lot of hassle.
Those whose drivers licenses expire in 2020 can automatically get REAL ID-compliant at renewal time. Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles Administrator Kristina Boardman says residents whose licenses don't expire for years can also upgrade easily. Though Boardman recommends bringing along a Social Security card, a birth certificate or a passport.
The REAL ID Act was enacted in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks to improve minimum security standards for air travel.