know before you go to the airport
The full first, middle and last name used when purchasing your ticket and the government issued photo ID must be an exact match. Learn more about the TSA Secure Flight program and identification requirements.
Acceptable Identification at TSA Checkpoints
Adult passengers (18 and over) are required to show a U.S. federal or state-issued photo ID that contains the following:
- full name — first, middle and last
- date of birth
- expiration date
- a tamper-resistant feature
Preferred IDs: driver's license or passport.
Expired passports and passport cards are not acceptable.
US federal and state government-issued photo ID
- U.S. Passport
- U.S. Passport card
- DHS "Trusted Traveler" cards (NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST, CLEAR)
- U.S. Military ID
- Permanent Resident Card
- Border Crossing Card
- DHS-designated enhanced driver's license
- Drivers' licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent) that meets REAL ID benchmarks (all states are currently in compliance)
- A Native American Tribal Photo ID
- An airline or airport-issued ID (if issued under a TSA-approved security plan)
- A Registered Traveler Card (that contains the following: name; date of birth; gender; expiration date; and a tamper-resistant feature)
- Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
Foreign government-issued photo ID
- A foreign government-issued passport
- Canadian provincial driver's license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) card
Note: Non-US/Canadian citizens are not required to carry their passports if they have documents issued by the U.S. government such as Permanent Resident Cards. Those without U.S. government-issued documents should be carrying their passports while visiting the U.S.