REAL ID: Start Preparing Now

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October 1 is the deadline for all travelers to have a REAL ID-compliant license.

Just 7 months from now, your US attendees will need to present a REAL ID or another acceptable form of identification (like a passport) to board their flights.

If attendees, speakers and other members of the meeting team do not update to a REAL ID by October 1, 2020 or have an acceptable alternate form of ID, they will be turned away at the airport. The time to start preparing is now.

What is a REAL ID?

According The CM Group, the REAL ID act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards, and it prohibits federal agencies from accepting licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards for official purposes.

If your license is REAL ID-compliant, there will be a star in the top right corner. Many drivers may not realize they already have one, since some states have been issuing them for a few years. Residents have until October 1 to obtain a compliant license.

Attendees without a REAL ID will need to show an alternative form of identification, such as a US passport or passport card. A full list can be found here.

Not on the Radar

An estimated 99 million Americans (39 percent) do not have any form of identification (e.g. REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, US passport, US military ID or an enhanced driver’s license) that will be accepted after October 1, said Shane Downey, vice president of government relations, on the Global Business Travel Association’s blog. The majority of Americans (57 percent) are unaware of the October 1 deadline.

A scan of Prevue’s Editorial Advisory Board members found that many already had preparations in place, or close. Doug Wheeler, principal, Summit Performance Group LLC, reports that his company has been posting information on social media and is planning direct mailings to clients. Stacey Sanchez, CMP, executive director, global events at Prime Global, said she plans to implement some of the U.S. Travel Association’s ‘messaging best practices’ in the communications plan. “We will be adding blurbs about the deadline on all event communications and on event web pages with links to the TSA and DHS web sites. It’s so important to bring awareness to your attendees ASAP.”

Download the Real-ID Toolkit for fact sheets, graphics, talking points and other resources.The CM Group has a program in place to notify all attendees; contact Courtney Richman [email protected] to learn more.

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Barbara Scofidio is Editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In her 30 years in the industry, she has become known for her passion around greening meetings, growing awareness of human trafficking and promoting CSR activities as part of business events. She is currently a member of SITE's Women IN Leadership committee and the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee. She was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of SITE for 30 years, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. Before joining Prevue in 2014, she served as Editor of Corporate Meetings & Incentives (MeetingsNet) for more than 20 years. She has a BA in Literature/Rhetoric from Binghamton University. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.