Can anyone make this simple? There is so much confusing information and it's hard to sift through. We have a flight planned for March, 2018. We live in a compliant state. I'm understanding so far that, beginning on January 22, 2018, TSA will begin to accept alternate forms of ID if you still haven't gotten a REAL ID. Then, on October 1, 2018, they will only accept a REAL ID.
So, if we are flying in March, will they accept a passport? Or, if we are flying in March (from NC) what exactly will we need to have in order to board the plane?
None of us have the new id's yet. We could get them, but we live in a state that has very crowded DMV offices. And right now, the lines are even longer because of people trying to get new id's. If we just want to skip it for now, I would love to know EXACTLY what we can take with us that will get us through security.
I'm just not clear when everything is taking place, and if there will still be other options. If so, for how long? And even when the REAL ID is in effect (Oct 2018) is this the ONLY option you have? Can you still fly with just a passport without having the new REAL ID?
And again, is my understanding correct that TSA will accept alternate forms of ID until Oct 2018 for NC (or any state)? If so, exactly what forms of alternate ID will the TSA accept?
Thanks SO much to anyone able to answer these questions accurately, in a simple way that I can understand. I'm confused.