by Jessi Minneci | November 07, 2019

On Oct. 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will fully roll out enforcement of the Real ID Act -- a federal initiative (first introduced in 2005) to enforce security standards for U.S. license issuance and the licenses/credentials federal agencies will accept for travel identification verification.

Yet despite the looming deadline, the U.S. Travel Association says a majority of Americans are unprepared for the change. According to a survey conducted by market research consultancy Longwoods International for U.S. Travel, 72 percent of Americans either do not have a Real ID-compliant driver's license or are unsure if they do. Even more, 57 percent of those surveyed reported unawareness of the deadline and 39 percent (equivalent to 99 million Americans) said they currently do not have any form of approved identification.

Read the full story, including tips from the U.S. Travel Association on who needs a Real ID and where to get it, at