Countdown on to federal deadline to get Star Card

Officials will also cover importance of Real ID
Posted at 6:54 AM, Oct 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-01 19:33:10-04

BOISE, Idaho — Tuesday, October 1 marks one year until a federal deadline for getting a Star Card. Starting October 1, 2020, Star Cards will be necessary to board an airplane anywhere in the United States.

While Star Cards are a federal mandate, the cards are not mandatory in Idaho. However, the Idaho Transportation Department is asking all Idahoans to be aware of the federal deadline.

Currently, 168,000 of 1.25 million licensed drivers already have the Star Card in Idaho. With a year to go until the federal deadline, ITD is asking everyone to plan ahead. DMV and sheriff's offices around the state are encouraging people to use the "Add the Star" tool on the ITD website to determine what documents you'll need to bring to get the Star Card. Documents will vary for each person.

There are exceptions to the Star Card requirement. You can use a passport or military ID to board a plane, enter a federal facility or military base.

On Tuesday, Governor Brad Little will hold a press event, alongside DMV representatives, Boise Airport officials and TSA officials to talk about the importance of getting a Star Card. That's happening at 2 p.m. on the first floor rotunda of the Boise Airport.