WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is beginning to warn Rhode Islanders traveling by airplane after October 2020 that they will need a REAL ID or a passport to board their flight.

The Rhode Island’s Division of Motor Vehicles has been offering REAL ID compliant driver’s licenses and ID cards since December 2018. To get the “gold star,” indicating a REAL ID, drivers must present a proof of identity, a proof of social security number and two proofs of residency (Examples include a personal check, utility bill, or W-2 form).

The TSA said Wednesday they’ll begin posting signs in the coming weeks to remind passengers that REAL ID will be required as of October 1, 2020.

The REAL ID Act of 2005 was enacted in order to improve the reliability and accuracy of driver licenses and identification cards.

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