Do I need a passport?

Two answers:

  • If you are traveling to Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands and are a United States citizen, you do NOT need a passport. Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (St. John, St. Croix and St. Thomas) are U.S. territories and are therefore, considered domestic travel.
  • If you are traveling to any other destination and are a U.S. citizen, you ARE required to have a valid U.S. Passport.  For additional information please check here
  • Please note:  Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act established minimum ID security standards and prohibits federal agencies, like TSA, from accepting licenses and identification cards for official purposes from states that do not meet these standards. Passengers with a driver’s license issued by a state that is not compliant with the REAL ID ACT (and has not been granted an extension) will need to show an alternative form of acceptable identification for domestic air travel to board their flight. To check whether your state is compliant or has an extension, visit https://www.dhs.gov/real-id. If your state-issued ID or driver’s license is not compliant, visit https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification for alternate forms of acceptable ID.
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