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State Urging Ohioans To Get Driver's License That Allows Them To Fly

Gov. Mike DeWine shows off his new federally compliant driver's license.
Karen Kasler
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Gov. Mike DeWine shows off his new federally compliant driver's license.

In just under a year, airline travelers will have to show a federal compliant driver’s license to get on a plane, or will have to bring a passport – even to fly within the United States.

Since the new license was rolled out in July 2018, only 27% of Ohioans have gotten it.

Among them is Gov. Mike DeWine, who’s urging others to do the same – even if they don’t plan to take a trip.

"If you go in and get your driver’s license renewed anytime in the next year, don’t make the mistake of not getting the better ID. Get the ID that will let you on an airplane," DeWine said.

The federally compliant license was required after the 2005 REAL ID act. Starting on Octoer 1, 2020, passengers will have to show the federally compliant license or a passport or military ID to get on an aircraft. The TSA has a list of acceptable documents here.

The new license requires more documentation to prove identity, including a birth certificate or passport, a Social Security card or most recent W-2 form, and two other documents showing their address. Those who have changed their names must also bring marriage or divorce certificates or court orders showing their legal names.

The new license still costs $25.75 – the same as a non-compliant license.

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