Travelers have until May 7, 2025 to ensure their driver’s license meets REAL ID standards to board domestic flights and access certain federal facilities. The Department of
Homeland Security (DHS) announced its intent to extend the REAL ID full enforcement date by 24 months, from May 3, 2023 to May 7, 2025. Under the new regulations published to execute this change, states will now have additional time to ensure their residents have driver’s licenses and identification cards that meet the security standards established by the REAL ID Act. As required by the law, following the enforcement deadline, federal agencies, including the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), will be prohibited from accepting driver’s licenses and identification cards that do not meet these federal standards.


The European Union was scheduled to launch the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) by 2024, however, the ETIAS has been postponed for another
year, until at least 2025. Created by the European Union, the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) is an entry requirement for visa-exempt nationals traveling from 60 countries, including the US. Beginning in mid-2025, travelers will need complete a digital application to travel to one of 30 EU countries for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. Currently, US travelers do not need a visa for entry to these countries. Travelers will need to apply for a visa using the official ETIAS website or mobile application; most applications will incur a small processing fee of 7 Euros.

Legend Travel Bulletin Monday, June 3, 2024