Flashing your old driver's license has long been sufficient to get through security and catch a flight around the country.
Starting in October 2020, though, it will take more than that old license to board a plane. New Yorkers will need a different ID to hop on a flight, even one that is staying within the United States.
Here's what you need to know to be up to date and ready to fly.
There are currently three types of driver's licenses, permits or non-driver IDs that New Yorkers can choose from.
Standard IDs can be used for identification purposes. They can also be used to board domestic flights, but only until Oct. 1, 2020. After that, an enhanced or Real ID will be necessary to get on a plane, unless you have a passport with you.
Enhanced and Real IDs — both compliant with the federal Real ID Act — can be used to board domestic flights in the United States, enter a federal building or military base, and for photo identification.
An enhanced ID can also be used to enter the U.S. by land or sea from Canada, Mexico and some Caribbean countries. You still need a passport to travel to those countries on a plane, though.
Real or enhanced IDs are not mandatory, and they are not necessary to be licensed to drive or vote.
These requirements are the result of the Real ID Act, which was passed by Congress in 2005 at the 9/11 Commission's suggestion that the federal government "set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver's licenses," according to the Department of Homeland Security.
The act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
New York is one of five states that currently issues enhanced licenses, which comply with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. That is a joint plan between the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State that went into effect in 2009 and requires all travelers to present a passport or other acceptable document that proves identity and citizenship when entering the United States.
Enhanced licenses include a Radio Frequency Identification chip that allows authorities to see someone's biographic and biometric data at a border inspection booth. Those licenses also have a Machine Readable Zone or barcode that authorities can read electronically if the RFID chip system is not available.
Enhanced IDs have your full legal name, your address and an American flag on the bottom right corner of the license. They also say "enhanced" at the top of the licenses.
Real IDs also show your full legal name and address, but they have a star in the top right corner instead of an American flag.
If you received your license before Oct. 30, 2017, and it is not enhanced, then it is a standard ID. Standard IDs issued after Oct. 30, 2017, have "Not for federal purposes" on the top right corner of the license.
Replacing or renewing a standard ID does not require a trip to the Department of Motor Vehicles, but obtaining a Real or enhanced ID does.
There is no extra cost for a Real ID, though the regular transaction fees still apply. An enhanced ID costs $30, though, on top of the regular transaction fees.
You can get a Real ID at any time by going to a DMV office with proof of identity, such as a valid license, birth certificate or passport; proof of Social Security number or Social Security number ineligibility; proof of date of birth; proof of U.S. citizenship, lawful permanent residency or temporary lawful status in the U.S.; and two different proofs of state residence.
If the name on your license, permit or non-driver ID does not match the name on your identity, lawful status and Social Security proofs, then you must also bring court- or government-issued records explaining that.
You can apply for an enhanced license at a DMV office. If you have never had a driver's license before, you must apply for an enhanced learner permit first. If you don't need to drive, you can apply for an enhanced non-driver ID.
To find out which documents you need to apply for an enhanced ID, go to dmv.ny.gov for more information. An enhanced ID arrives in the mail in about two weeks.
New Yorkers have until October 2020 to get their IDs up to par, but the state is suggesting that people take care of it soon. In June 2018, the DMV launched a campaign to boost public awareness of the new ID requirements, and in summer 2018 it held a statewide promotional tour and social media initiative.
"Real ID is available at all DMV offices statewide and we encourage you to get your new license or non-driver ID today, especially if you are renewing or applying for the first time," DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner Terri Egan said in a statement in June. "Getting a new Real ID requires an office visit, and we expect lines to grow as the deadline approaches. Don't delay — get your Real ID today!"
For more information on the different types of New York IDs, visit dmv.ny.gov/which-id-right-me.