Enhanced Driver's License (EDL)
What type of licenses and ID cards does the DHS currently accept to access its buildings and facilities and at TSA checkpoints?
Until full enforcement of REAL ID begins on May 3, 2023, DHS and its component agencies, including TSA at its airport security checkpoints, will continue to accept for identification purposes all Vermont Driver’s Licenses and ID cards, as Vermont has been recognized as a Real ID compliant.
What is REAL ID?
Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act enacted the 9/11 Commission's recommendation that the Federal Government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver's licenses.” The Act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for official purposes licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards. These purposes are:
TSA will NOT accept a Temporary License/ID as a standalone document. It will accept the expiring or expired card with the Temporary License/ID as proof of the renewal. Customers should visit TSA’s website which contains detailed information on the identity documents they will accept: tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification
The following are self-designated descriptors for a Vermont Driver’s License or Non-Driver Identification card.
- Eye color
Applicants are not required under Vermont or federal law to present documentation that confirms the information they submit for these entries.
Data we are required to share with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for the purposes of border crossing is limited to the full name (first, middle, and last); date of birth; gender; citizenship; digital image (photograph); travel document type (e.g., EDL/ID); issuing jurisdiction, expiration date; optical character read (OCR) identifier; and RFID tag numbers.
By law, we cannot share this information with anyone except in compliance with the Driver Privacy Protection Act (DPPA), 18 U.S.C. §§ 2721-2725.