ORLANDO, FL. – In exactly one year, travelers will be required to present a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or another acceptable form of identification to fly within the United States. The requirement could negatively affect as many as three in four Americans who are unprepared for the massive overhaul. The enhanced security effort is part of the REAL ID Act passed by Congress in 2005, which complies with the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the Federal Government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.”
“It is critical for the traveling public to know not only that this change is coming, but that the deadline is quickly approaching,” said Phil Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA). “Here at Orlando International Airport, we take our role seriously when it comes to educating the public on changes that could affect their travel plans.”
The change – visible to travelers who see a star in the upper right-hand corner of their license – is already being automatically made in Florida and several other states. However, multiple states, including Orlando International Airport’s major feeder markets in the Northeast United States, are not automatically updating driver’s licenses to meet the requirement. Travelers from some states have to request an updated license and pay a fee for it.
Individuals with future travel plans to the most visited destination in the country might have their vacation altered without a REAL ID and this possibly impacts the local economy.
Prior to the change going into effect, the Orlando International Airport will begin advertising the change via digital and traditional print signage throughout our world-class facility.
For more information about the REAL ID Act, visit www.tsa.gov/real-id.
Basic MCO Information: With more than 49 million annual passengers, Orlando International Airport (MCO) is the busiest airport in Florida and 10th busiest in the U.S. MCO is currently engaged in a $4.2 billion Capital Improvement Program to increase capacity and enhance customer convenience.