No, the TSA accepts, and will continue to accept, alternative types of identification. Learn about the alternative types of identification that are permitted at the security checkpoint. Also, when you arrive at the airport, be sure to bring several forms of identification, in case you are unable to travel without them.
The use of a medical device to scan your retina or any other part of your eye is called "optical character recognition" or "OCR technology". This type of screening tool can tell how many drinks contain alcohol, how much you may have consumed, and whether you have been drinking. It cannot read your mind or see into locked rooms. There are no devices that can do this directly on your person; instead, they must scan your ID tag or paperwork with your name on it.
The TSA requires that all passengers fill out a personal history questionnaire (PHQ) before arriving at a checkpoint. The questionnaire is used by screeners to learn more about you and your family members than just your name and date of birth. The questions asked include queries about previous arrest records, drug use, mental illness, and physical disabilities. If you have not answered all of the questions on the form, you will be notified during check-in for your flight that information is missing from your record.
Passengers flying without a form of identification will be subjected to interviews with TSA personnel in order to confirm their identity, and airlines will not issue refunds for delayed flights due to a missing ID. In some cases, passengers have been denied boarding when they could not provide proof of identity.
In most cases, travelers can file an application with the Department of State to replace their passport if it is lost or stolen. Travelers should call the National Passport Information Center (NPIC) at 1-877-487-2778 to make an appointment to report the loss or theft of a passport. NPIC staff members will assist them in filing a claim with the Department of State.
If you are unable to visit a U.S. consulate office during normal business hours, then you can file an application through InterNACHI, the non-profit organization that operates NPIC. They will charge a fee for this service. Contact InterNACHI at 877-447-2676 for more information.
It is important to report your passport as lost or stolen so that no other persons use it. If your passport is lost, do not attempt to recover it yourself. Instead, contact the nearest American embassy or consulate to report the incident.
For foreign travel, you'll need your passport, and you can use it to prove your identity at the TSA checkpoint instead of a REAL ID-compliant state-issued driver's license. However, as we have seen with several high-profile cases over the past few years, someone could make a fake ID using a photo from your passport page.
The TSA says it uses "multiple factors" to determine whether or not you should be allowed to board a plane, including your name, date of birth, gender, height, weight, ethnic origin, nationality, place of birth, occupation, electronic devices in luggage, baggage checks, animal allergies, medical conditions, and more.
Even if you satisfy all of the requirements for flying with a passport, the TSA may still deny you access to air travel because of possible security concerns with other people boarding the same flight.
There are some situations where only a REAL ID-compliant driver's license will do - such as when checking into a hotel or renting a car. If you know you'll be making multiple trips between home and the airport, it's best to bring along a license for each trip so you don't have to repeat the identification process.
The first step is to explain your issue to a representative from the airline at the counter. They will point you in the right direction after taking your information.
If you don't speak English well, find someone who does to help you communicate your issue. Most countries have consular offices that can provide assistance if you run into problems. They can also make an appointment for you with a local travel agency or tour operator so you can apply for a new ID card.
Trying to board a flight with no ID can result in denied boarding, which could cause trouble if you're trying to get back home. If this happens, ask to talk to a supervisor so you can explain why you need to fly and what your options are. Sometimes they'll be able to change their mind about denying you boarding.
Don't worry about your belongings while you're away from home. Someone will contact you if there's an issue with your bag when you arrive at your destination.
Yes, you may use your passport to travel within the United States. The TSA provides a dedicated page regarding the many types of identification and alternative forms of ID that may be used at TSA checkpoints in case you need to travel without your driver's license or state ID card.