TSA and DMV suggest getting a Real ID during historic travel season

ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Transportation Safety Administration and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles are reminding people to register for a REAL ID.

All Virginia residents will have to have one by Oct. 1, 2020 to fly within the United States.

Officials recommend getting one now because they anticipate a rush of people applying for one next year.

TSA is calling this summer the busiest travel season ever, comparing it to what it typically sees during the holiday seasons.

About 263 million people are projected to go through TSA checkpoints during the summer season, between the Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends.

Roughly 1,200 people a day check-in at TSA at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport during the summer months.

With the demand for flying being at an all-time high, officials believe the demand to get a REAL ID will go up during the holiday season and next summer.

TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein said they do not want to have to turn people away next October because they failed to get a REAL ID by the deadline.

"If you show up at a TSA checkpoint next October 2020 and you do not have a REAL ID, then you're likely going to be there with likely non-refundable tickets and maybe a prepaid vacation and you're going to be between a rock and a hard place because the TSA officer is not going to let you through," said Farbstein.

To register for a REAL ID, you will have to go to the DMV in person and present multiple documents such as a passport, current driver's license, and birth certificate.

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