Identification Requirements

What Identification is Required at US Airports?

You know the drill. If you don’t have verification identification, the TSA security folks are not going to just let you walk through. But what exactly counts as ID? And how many of you need it? And what happens if you dont have one?


Adult passengers, 18 and older, are expected to provide documentation before being allowed past security and on the plane. If you do not have, or forget to bring your identification, you may not be allowed on the plane (in some cases you may be permitted but will go through extra security screening).

Here is a list of some of the accepted forms of identification:

Valid State Issued Drivers License

·         Driver Education Card

·         Passport

·         Social Security Card

·         Birth Certificate

·         Military ID Card

·         Military Dependent ID Card

·         Divorce Papers

·         Certificate of Marriage

·         Baptismal Records

·         Court Order

·         School Records/Transcript (certified)

·         Unemployment Card

·         Adoption Papers

·         Concealed Weapons Permit

·         DHS "Trusted Traveler" cards (NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)

·         A Native American Tribal Photo ID

·         Border crossing card

·         Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)

·         Canadian provincial driver's license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) card
or A Permanent Resident Card

·         Any form of government issued ID

Passports can take up to six weeks to process, so plan ahead when traveling abroad. Passport facilities can include your local post office, courthouse, and certain travel agencies or libraries. Check with the U.S. Department of State for a listing of participating facilities nearest you. To process your passport, you’ll need two passport sized photos, proof of U.S. citizenship and a valid photo identify verification.

For a driver’s license or a state identification card, you’ll need several documents showing proof of citizenship, your social security card and a birth certificate or certificate of citizenship. The exact requirements will vary by state, so you’ll want to check with your local DMV for a list of accepted forms of identification or proofs of residency. 


There are other forms of personal verificatiopn that will be accepted at the Airport, so it is always best to check before your scheduled flight to be sure that you have everything that you need. If you don’t bring acceptable documentation then you may be forced to go through extra screening which can not only prove to be an embarrassing affair, but can cause you to miss your flight completely.