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When Can I Apply for a Voluntary Travel ID?

Notes for all applicants

  • Reminder: There are other acceptable credentials for boarding U.S. flights and entering military bases. TSA provides information on acceptable forms of identification, or you can call the facility you plan to visit for more information.
  • Once you apply for a Voluntary Travel credential, you will be issued a temporary document that can be used to drive. A temporary document, shown with your hole-punched license or ID the issuer will give you, will allow you to board U.S. commercial flights.
  • While REAL ID enforcement begins Oct. 1, 2020, you do not have to have a Voluntary Travel ID by that date. You can renew your license or ID anytime once they are available in your region. If you request a Voluntary Travel credential outside the six-month renewal window of your existing card, the expiration date will not change.
  • Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for a Voluntary Travel credential.




I’m 21 or older, I want a REAL ID-compliant credential, and my license expires before Voluntary Travel IDs are available to me.


What should I do next?

  • You need to renew your license, ID or permit before it expires, and can do so anytime in the 6 months prior to your expiration date.

How much will that cost?

  • Your credential renewal cost will be issued according to the current pricing model.

I renewed before Voluntary Travel IDs were available to me. How long is this license valid?

    A current standard credential is valid for 4 years from the issuance date. It will remain an acceptable form of identification for U.S. flights and military base entry until Oct. 1, 2020.

My credential is valid now, but I still want a Voluntary Travel ID.

  • If you want to obtain a Voluntary Travel credential when it becomes available to you, but before your current standard credential expires, you may do so by turning in your unexpired credential, bringing in the appropriate documentation, and sitting for a new photo. You will pay $15 to upgrade to a Voluntary Travel ID that maintains your current credential’s expiration date. Once you’re within 6 months of your expiration date, you can renew your Voluntary Travel credential.

I’m 21 or older, I want a Voluntary Travel ID, and my current standard license expires after Voluntary Travel IDs are available to me, but before federal enforcement starts on Oct. 1, 2020.


What should I do next?

  • Once Voluntary Travel IDs are available to you, you can apply for one by turning in your current, unexpired standard credential, bringing in the appropriate documentation, and sitting for a new photo. You are free to apply anytime in the 6 months prior to your current card’s expiration date.

How much will that cost?

  • The cost of your new Voluntary Travel credential will be issued according to the new pricing model and your lifespan selection.

Once I apply for my new Voluntary Travel ID, how long will it be valid?

  • Non-CDL applicants over 21 have the opportunity to choose between a 4- or 8-year lifespan when applying for a Voluntary Travel ID.

I’m 21 or older, I want a Voluntary Travel ID, and my license expires after Sept. 30, 2020, but before April 1, 2021.


What should I do next?

  • Your 6-month renewal window will precede the Oct. 1, 2020 federal enforcement date by at least one day. By noting the earliest date in your renewal window and applying by Sept. 30, 2020, you ensure your license, permit or ID will be accepted to board U.S. flights and enter military bases when federal enforcement begins. Once you apply for a new Voluntary Travel ID, you will be issued a temporary document that can be used to drive. A temporary document, in conjunction with your expired or invalidated license or ID, will allow you to board U.S. flights.

What if I’m in my 6-month renewal window but I wasn’t able to apply for a Voluntary Travel credential before Oct. 1, 2020?

  • You can still get a Voluntary Travel credential by turning in your unexpired standard credential, bringing in the appropriate documentation, and sitting for a new photo. Once you apply for a new Voluntary Travel credential, you will be issued a temporary document that can be used to drive. A temporary document, in conjunction with your expired or invalidated license or ID, will allow you to board U.S. flights.

How much will that cost?

  • The cost of your new Voluntary Travel ID credential will be issued according to the new pricing model and your lifespan selection.

Once I apply for my new Voluntary Travel ID, how long will it be valid?

  • Non-CDL applicants over 21 have the opportunity to choose between a 4- or 8-year lifespan when applying for new credentials (Voluntary Travel ID or standard).

I’m 21 or older, I want a Voluntary Travel ID, and my license expires on or after April 1, 2021.


What should I do next?

  • If you want to obtain a Voluntary Travel credential before your standard credential expires, you may do so by turning in your unexpired credential, bringing in the appropriate documentation, and sitting for a new photo. You will pay $15 to upgrade to a Voluntary Travel ID that maintains your current credential’s expiration date. Once you’re within 6 months of your expiration date, you can renew your Voluntary Travel credential.

How much will that cost?

  • The cost of your new Voluntary Travel credential will be issued according to the new pricing model and your lifespan selection.

Once I apply for my new Voluntary Travel ID, how long will it be valid?

  • A license or ID is valid through the existing expiration date. An expiration date only changes when a credential is renewed in the 6 months prior to that date. Once you are within the 6 months prior to your expiration date, non-CDL drivers 21 and older have the opportunity to choose between a 4- or 8-year lifespan for a Voluntary Travel ID.

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