Ask CheapAir: I lost my ID, but am traveling today. What do I do?

If you travel frequently, no doubt you are in the routine of making sure you have identification with you for getting through airport security. But it’s not uncommon to hear the story of someone who forgets to take their ID to the airport, or loses it altogether. People often ask us, “Does that mean I am stranded and can’t fly?”

Well, the short answer is: not likely.

I lost my ID, but am traveling today. What do I do?

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) openly acknowledges that travelers are bound to make these types of mistakes from time to time. On their website they state, “If passengers are willing to provide additional information, we have other means of substantiating someone’s identity, like using publicly available databases.” If they are able to verify your identity using their databases, then you’re likely good to proceed, though you may have to also go through additional security screening as well.

In fact, our own CEO and founder, Jeff Klee, went through this process a few years ago at San Francisco International Airport. He had lost his wallet, but proceeded to the airport in hopes that he could still catch his flight home. A TSA supervisor took Jeff to a back room where he had to sign a waiver to allow them to access his personal information from a database. He then was asked several questions, like address, date of birth, names of relatives, etc. to verify that he really was who he said he was. TSA then called his answers into a hotline, and just 20 minutes later, Jeff was able to proceed through security.

As a refresher, here’s TSA’s list of acceptable IDs to show at the airport:

  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. passport card
  • DHS “Trusted Traveler” cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
  • U.S. Military ID (active duty or retired military and their dependents, and DOD civilians)
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Border Crossing Card
  • DHS-designated enhanced driver’s license
  • Drivers Licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent)
  • Native American Tribal Photo ID
  • An airline or airport-issued ID (if issued under a TSA-approved security plan)
  • A foreign government-issued passport
  • Canadian provincial driver’s license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) card
  • Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
  • Non-US/Canadian citizens are not required to carry their passports if they have documents issued by the U.S. government such as Permanent Resident Cards. Those who do not should be carrying their passports while visiting the U.S.

Have you shown up at the airport without your ID? If so, what was your experience like?

156 Comments

    1. Hi James,

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  1. need a copy of receipt for flights in Jan
    orlando to richmond, va
    1/22/13 and return 1/24/1

    address: 710 whitehall beach rd
    annapolis, md 21409

    thanks

    1. Hi Charles,

      We were unable to pull up a reservation with your name or e-mail address. What is your 10 digit booking number?

    1. Hi Chris,

      Don’t worry. You should still be able to travel. Not having an ID does not necessarily mean a passenger won’t be allowed to fly. If passengers are willing to provide additional information, the TSA has other means of substantiating someone’s identity, like using publicly available databases. I’d make sure to show up to the airport early enough to take care of this.

      1. hi
        shaman

        actually i forget my PR card and then after security check delhi airport let me travel and my stay is at abu dabi. will they let me travel too. i am so worried.

        1. Hi Shaman,

          I would recommend to contact the airline you are traveling on. If they allowed you to fly there, then I don’t suspect they’ll deny you on your return flight, but to be safe I would contact them directly.

  2. I fly in May, and my ID is expired and i have to order a new birth certificate to get a new ID because my old ID expired and i am beyond worried that i won’t be able to fly. I keep reading that i would but i am overly cautious with everything and don’t want to chance not being able to because everything is non refundable. I won’t have an ID card on time either because of ordering a birth certificate. I still have my expired ID and an expired military ID. I have a ssc as well. Should i call ahead and say i won’t have an ID? Should i bring my expired ones? Would it matter if i did?

    1. Hi Kris,

      If you are traveling domestically in the U.S., I’d recommend bringing your expired IDs and any documentation you can. It would be wise to show up at the airport with enough time to handle the matter prior to your departing flight. If traveling internationally, then that’s a completely different story. You can contact the airline you are flying to notify them ahead of time as they may direct you to bring another form of ID.

    2. Lost my wallet with my valid iDs now I’m worried I won’t be able to fly I do have on expired military card and also on expired green card would that be accepted to fly I leave next week and won’t be able to get on valid id that quickly.
      ps flying domestic.

      1. Hi Cas,

        Since you are traveling domestically, you should be okay. I’d just ensure you show up to the airport with plenty of time to go through security since you’ll likely have to go through extra security to confirm who you are without any valid I.D. If possible, try to bring some kind of I.D. (expired or not) in addition. This can be helpful. According to the TSA, acceptable IDs include:

        U.S. passport
        U.S. passport card
        DHS “Trusted Traveler” cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
        U.S. Military ID (active duty or retired military and their dependents, and DOD civilians)
        Permanent Resident Card
        Border Crossing Card
        DHS-designated enhanced driver’s license
        Driver’s Licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent)
        Native American Tribal Photo ID
        HSPD-12 PIV Card
        An airline or airport-issued ID (if issued under a TSA-approved security plan)
        A foreign government-issued passport
        Canadian provincial driver’s license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) card
        Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
        Non-US/Canadian citizens are not required to carry their passports if they have documents issued by the U.S. government such as Permanent Resident Cards. Those who do not should be carrying their passports while visiting the U.S.

          1. Hi Nathan, Hopefully you were able to sort this out on your own. I realize we got this message too late to help you (we don’t work on the blog comments over the weekend), but if you reached out to the airline they should have reassured you that with a bit of extra security vetting/other documentation you would have been able to make your flight.

    1. Hi James,

      Adult passengers (18 and over) are required to show a valid U.S. federal or state-issued photo ID in order to be allowed to go through the checkpoint and onto their flight. You can use this link: http://1.usa.gov/1kPR7kY to view the list of acceptable IDs the Transportation Security Association deems as a valid ID. While you can book without an ID, you will need a valid ID at the time of travel in order to fly.

  3. My 17 year old son has a ticket for tomorrow he is in PA with his grandparents and the dmv wouldn’t issue a state id because I am in Tacoma WA and the paperwork for him to stay in the school for the rest of this year isn’t court ordered it is notorized for my father to be his legal guirdian. He has his school id his birth cert. and his social security card. what id can he get to be able to fly tomorrow?

    1. Hi Sabrina, That’s a great question. Generally speaking, if your son is flying domestically he is probably fine with both his school ID and his birth certificate. I would follow up with the airline to confirm, but since he is under 18 he probably would not be required to show an official state ID. Please let us know how it turns out!

  4. Hi! So I’m in college at a new state with no ID (I lost it before move ins) and I’ve been trying to get an ID here to no avail (they have strict rules on paperwork for proof of residency). Worst comes to worst, I’m flying this week and have no picture ID except for an expired passport (expired in March) and social as well as birth certificate and my insurance card. Will I be okay?

    1. Hi Karla,

      Are you traveling domestically? If so, I think you’ll be okay. The TSA understands passengers occasionally arrive at the airport without an ID, because of losing it or inadvertently leaving it at home. If this happens, it does not necessarily mean you won’t be allowed to fly. If you are willing to provide additional information, there are other ways to confirm your identity, like using publicly available databases, so you can reach your flight. You can check out the TSA’s list of acceptable forms of ID here: http://1.usa.gov/1ku3DFM In any case, I’d recommend showing up at the airport with plenty of time to go through extra security to deal with this situation.

      1. I lost my id and school id and I’m traveling this weekend for an emergency and I only have my last year school I’d and I’m afraid I won’t be able to travel with my old I’d .

        1. Hi Esmerelda, You need a valid, government issued photo i.d. Having said that, the TSA can make exceptions to the rule. I would let the airline know of your situation ASAP and plan to allow a LOT of extra time in security. The TSA is under no obligation to allow you on the flight without identification, but they have been known to make exceptions (typically when someone has had a theft or has lost their I.D.)

  5. I’ve lost the only two photo ids that I had. I may be able to replace the my faculty Id fairly soon but in California it takes 60 days to get a replacement driver’s license. I can’t find my expired passport but was thinking I could possibly get an expedited renewal. I am flying domestically in 48 days but not internationally.

    What do you recommend?

    1. Hi Jim,

      Since you are traveling domestically, you should be okay. I’d just ensure you show up to the airport with plenty of time to go through security since you’ll likely have to go through extra security to confirm who you are without any valid I.D. If possible, try to bring some kind of I.D. (expired or not) in addition. This can be helpful. According to the TSA, acceptable IDs include:

      U.S. passport
      U.S. passport card
      DHS “Trusted Traveler” cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
      U.S. Military ID (active duty or retired military and their dependents, and DOD civilians)
      Permanent Resident Card
      Border Crossing Card
      DHS-designated enhanced driver’s license
      Driver’s Licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent)
      Native American Tribal Photo ID
      HSPD-12 PIV Card
      An airline or airport-issued ID (if issued under a TSA-approved security plan)
      A foreign government-issued passport
      Canadian provincial driver’s license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) card
      Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
      Non-US/Canadian citizens are not required to carry their passports if they have documents issued by the U.S. government such as Permanent Resident Cards. Those who do not should be carrying their passports while visiting the U.S.

  6. My wallet was stolen along with my Social and my ID. I’m suppose to fly from Atlanta to St.Louis to see my fiancé graduate basic in one week. I’m 17 is there any other forms of identification the airport will take?

    1. Hi Breanna,

      Sorry to hear about that. I’d recommend showing up at the airport a few hours prior to give yourself enough time to go through security. Alternative ID’s that are accepted are:

      U.S. passport
      U.S. passport card
      DHS “Trusted Traveler” cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
      U.S. Military ID (active duty or retired military and their dependents, and DOD civilians)
      Permanent Resident Card
      Border Crossing Card
      DHS-designated enhanced driver’s license
      Drivers Licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent)
      Native American Tribal Photo ID
      An airline or airport-issued ID (if issued under a TSA-approved security plan)
      A foreign government-issued passport
      Canadian provincial driver’s license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) card
      Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
      Non-US/Canadian citizens are not required to carry their passports if they have documents issued by the U.S. government such as Permanent Resident Cards. Those who do not should be carrying their passports while visiting the U.S.

  7. My boyfriend and I are on vacation in las vegas. He lost his id here. We are flying back home to boston tomorrow. The only thing he has is his social security card. But not photo id. Will he be able to fly home?

    1. Hi Shannon,

      I think you’ll be alright. I’d just be sure to show up at the airport with plenty of time to go through extra security. If he has other identification with a picture ID, that helps.

  8. hi, I’m a college student in Wisconsin and I am originally from NY.I have no government issue I.D. But I do have a college i.d and my social security card is that enough to travel?

    1. Hello, I see you’ve read our post on traveling when you’ve lost your I.D. If I were you, I would let the airline know in advance over the phone and then make sure you allow a lot of time the day of travel at the airport. The TSA and gate agents do have ways to substantiate identification (and it helps that you have a SSN and college I.D.) but it will certainly mean an extra level of security screening for you. If you have the time, getting a state I.D. would be more ideal.

  9. Hi my id is expired.
    I need to get to Georgia from Houston.
    I have a birth cert. and social security card can I use that along with my ID to verify who I am.

    1. Hi Asia,

      Yes, that should be fine since you are traveling domestically within the U.S. Just allow a little extra time when showing up at the airport to go through security.

    1. Hi Gaurav,

      Are you traveling domestically or internationally? A school ID card isn’t sufficient enough for TSA security. Do you have a birth certificate? Can you apply for an ID? The TSA will accept the following forms of ID:

      U.S. passport
      U.S. passport card
      DHS “Trusted Traveler” cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
      U.S. Military ID (active duty or retired military and their dependents, and DOD civilians)
      Permanent Resident Card
      Border Crossing Card
      DHS-designated enhanced driver’s license
      Drivers Licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent)
      Native American Tribal Photo ID
      An airline or airport-issued ID (if issued under a TSA-approved security plan)
      A foreign government-issued passport
      Canadian provincial driver’s license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) card
      Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
      Non-US/Canadian citizens are not required to carry their passports if they have documents issued by the U.S. government such as Permanent Resident Cards. Those who do not should be carrying their passports while visiting the U.S.

  10. I’m flying to cali tomorrow &i lost my Id last night. all i have is an ID from high school which is from 2011 &a ss card. Will i be okay?

    1. Hi Arianna,

      You should definitely show up to airport with plenty of time to go through security. A picture ID and social should be okay, but you may need to go through extra security. Plan to show up early in case.

    1. Hi Gaurav,

      For domestic travel within India, valid photo identification, namely, a passport, Income Tax PAN Card, Voter’s ID or Driving license is mandatory. To be safe, you can contact the airline you are traveling on to confirm if your ID will be okay.

  11. Hi,

    I have a flight tomorrow to vegas, my ID is expired since couple of months and I found out my visa in US is expired two days ago however I have my OPT card which makes me working legally in USA till July, Can I use my OPT card to fly there?

    1. Hi Kareem,

      Are you departing from a international city or from within the U.S.? If within the U.S., then I think you’ll be okay… I’d just show up at the airport with plenty of time to go through extra security. If traveling internationally, then you’ll need to have valid documents.

      1. Yes , I’m going from PA to NV, but what if they did not let me in, what should I do in that case? what kind of information that I should bring with me while I am going to airport specially I am an international student.

        1. Hi Kareem,

          I’d make sure to bring your expired license and any other valid identification you have. If you have a passport, being an international student, then that will be acceptable too. You may have to go through extra security, so I’d show up with plenty of time in case. If they will not let you through, then you should contact your airline as soon as you can to inform them and have them cancel your flight so you can retain credit for future use.

  12. hi, i’m traveling to a different state but i do not have id yet due to personal reasons, I am 18 and all i have is my social, my birth certificate and college photo id, would that be okay? I won’t be able to get my ID in time before I fly.

    1. Hi Brianna,

      That should be fine, but I would strongly recommend showing up at the airport with plenty of time to go through security. You may have to go through extra verification due to the lack of proper identification.

  13. My daughter and I are flying to Las Vegas in a few days and she is 18 years old ., she does not have a california I’d , can she bring her birth certificate and school id to board the plane ?

    1. Hi Karen,

      Since you’re traveling domestically within the U.S., your daughter shouldn’t have a problem. I’d definitely bring any identification you can with you since you may encounter some additional security and having the information with you will help. I would also recommend showing up at the airport with plenty of time to go through extra security to be safe.

  14. I’m flying back home (Hawai’i) on march 10 and my military id expired I have my other I’d but with my maiden name on it. I have my married certificate, my ssc with my maiden naon on it and a high school id with my married last name. Can I still get on the plane I’m in South Carolina and I’m fly with American airlines.

    1. Hi Cheryl, It sounds like you have lots of backup and verification paperwork. Honestly, to make your life easier, i would call the airlines prior to travel and ask them to make the change for you so that you do not run into trouble at the airport. Usually, in a situation like yours, you’ll not have a problem on the day of travel but it really depends on any number of factors (security conditions at the airport/in the country that day, the mood of the gate agents, how busy TSA is). It could cause you delays on the day of travel. It’s definitely worth sorting out before the ravel day by calling the airline. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do to help.

  15. Hi, im 19 y/o and flying from Ca to tx but don’t have any form of photo ID but I do have my permit, birth certificate, ssc, and school id. I have read the acceptable Id’s but was just wondering if I will be able to board the plane since my parents have gone through this but they were flying internationally. Thank you

    1. Hi Erik,

      Since you’re traveling domestically within the U.S., you shouldn’t have a problem. I’d definitely bring any identification you can with you since you may encounter some additional security and having the information with you will help. I would also recommend showing up at the airport with plenty of time to go through extra security to be safe.

    1. Hi Pratap,

      What is your 10 digit CheapAir booking number? Do you have any alternate forms of ID, like a passport?

  16. I have a friend that has a VOP Warrant. And, they are wanting to go to Puerto Rico. would they be able to go or not? They also only have a copy of their state ID, and birth certificate, would that work or not?

    1. Hi Candi-li spies,

      There is no guarantee that they will be able to board. While it’s not likely they’ll be detained at the airport, there is no guarantee they will not.

  17. HELP !!! my ky dl exspires 2moro , 24th … i am scheduled to fly from san diego to ky on the 30th , to renew ,,, how will i board the plane ? i have birthcertificate , ss card , check books , debit cards .. pleas ehelp ,, so stressed !!!!!!!!

    1. Hi Denise, In this special case I have to recommend that you call the airline you’re booked to fly on and see what they will do. In some cases, the TSA will do special, intensive screenings but it’s on a case by case basis. You should call the airline right away and see what they can do for you.

  18. Im coming from san diego flying to canada in 6 days. I lost my naturalization and the passport agency said I needed my naturalization to get a passport. I went to the place to try and get my naturalization but it will takes months before I will be able to receive it. I’m a US citizen but I have never left the United States. I do have a drivers license, social security number, my tax forms, and proof of employment. Will I still be able to board my flight to canada even without a passport and the naturalization? HELP!

    1. Hi Jessica,

      There’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to board. You could take those documents you have and chance it, but there’s no guarantee. Before entering Canada from the U.S. or the U.S. from Canada, you must obtain a passport or equivalent travel document. This rule is strictly enforced on both sides of the border. If you are a U.S. citizen, you are required to bring your passport or an equivalent travel document when traveling to the Canada. Although you may not be asked to present your passport or documentation to Canadian officials when entering Canada, you will be asked to show it to U.S. officials when re-entering the U.S. Travel documents acceptable for re-entry into the U.S. include an enhanced driver’s license (EDL), a passport card and a NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST card.

  19. I’m flying tomorrow to LA, My visa already expired however I was able to fly around US due to my OPT. So my OPT got expired and I did apply for an extension and now it’s in progress however I do not have any evidence it’s in progress except USICS tracking number. Is safe to travel tomorrow? I hope to response ASAP.

    Thanks

  20. Hi,

    I have a family member who is mentally handicapped and she only has an id that was issued by her local parish (not a state/dmv issued id). She was allowed through the airport with additional screening, but was told she may have trouble with that ID on the return flight back. She Is scheduled to fly back home tomorrow. Any recommendations?

    1. Hi Carlotta,

      Is she flying the same airline back? If they allowed her to fly there, then I don’t suspect she’d have a problem flying back.

  21. I came to fl for a month and I turned 18, I am not a resident of fl so I can’t get an id. I have my son with me, I have our ssc, birth certificates, & insurance cards and need to fly back to pa will they let us board the plane????

    1. Hi Crys,

      As long as you’re traveling domestically, that should be okay. You may just have to go through extra security so I’d just show up a little early to ensure you have enough time just in case.

  22. Hello. I booked a last minute one way flight with my daughter. She is 17 years old with no type of identification. Will she still be able to fly? Will she be able to get passed through TSA, and will the airline hand her, her boarding pass? If not what will I be able to provide so that I’m sure she’s able to board the flight? Thank you!

    1. Hi Francis,

      If she is traveling domestically, which I assume, I’d make sure she has her birth certificate or social security card available. If she has any other forms of ID then I would bring them as well. I’d also recommend showing up at the airport with enough time to go through security in case.

  23. hi cheapair and everyone, so im traveling newyork from houston but my id is expired and my status is removal in preceeding. I have about twenty days till my flight but to renew my id i need to have my work permit and my work permit is also expired which will take around 90 days to get renewed. i have my school id my debit card my social security card my expired id and the order of surpervision letter by dhs where they have given me approval to travel to newyork it does have my picture in black and white so my question is that thats all i have would that be enough or i should go to a library near me to get a library card since i read somewhere that it could also help … any thoughts on my case im really nervous … Thank you!

    1. Hi Yasir,

      It’s tough to say if that will be enough. You might want to get the extra ID as extra just in case. Ultimately without a valid form of ID, there is no guarantee that you will be able to board. You’re taking a risk that they will allow you to board with the forms of ID you have. I’d recommend contacting the airline you’re traveling with to see what they advise.

  24. me in my boyfriend. are go to new York but we lost or I’d ssn. he got his birth certificate but I have nothing but crited cards in Prof of residents

    1. Hi Jennife, Please reach out to the airline as soon as possible. You do need a photo identification but it’s possible that the airline may be able to allow for extra screening time if you are in a true emergency situation. This is always completely at the airline’s discretion, but it is worth a discussion with them.

  25. I am going to Boston from California next week and I just turned 18. I have no photo id except for a 2014-2015 high school id. I can provide a birth certificate and my SSN and a passport which expired in May of 2015. Will I be okay?

  26. Im going to Mexico and i was wondering if i can use my Nv Id card as a passport? I also have my 2 yr old and 7 month old would they need a passport since they don’t have id cards?

    1. Hi Candy, Actually these days your children will need passports. As will you – it’s been a few years since you could go to Mexico without a passport.

  27. Im flying within the us but the clear plastic part on the front of my id has started to peel u can still read it im jus scared it will b considered tampered with the only other forms i have is marriage lisence check stub and debit card im flying wit united airlines can i still fly

  28. So my purse was stolen with all of my identity. I have a photocopy of my social, an email copy of my birth certificate, and a debit card. Just no photo ID. I do know my license number though and its valid. Is there a way that could be looked up to verify me? I’m catching a flight from Kentucky to California tomorrow with my fiance and 3 year old and I’m so scared I won’t be able to fly with my daughter.

    1. Hi Amy, The TSA does make exceptions, but it will help make your case if you bring all of the documentation you can that has identifying information. If you have a police report to verify the theft that can also help make your case. You’ll likely have to undergo extra security screening(s), and you should certainly call ahead and let the airline know.

  29. Hi, I’m traveling to Florida next week and lost my ID but I have a passport that is expired already have my SS and have my debt card that as a picture of me in the back of the card and check book
    in back and check and I have my Health insurance card can I still travel to Florida. Please advise
    Thank you

    1. Hi Yma,The TSA does sometimes make exceptions, but it will help make your case if you bring all of the documentation you can that has identifying information. Best would be a photo identification. You’ll likely have to undergo extra security screening(s), and you should certainly call ahead and let the airline know. There’s no absolute guarantee that you’ll be allowed to fly (as exceptions are at the discretion of the TSA). Good luck to you!

  30. I lost my green card last week along with social number I just got my license made im supposed to be getting married next month in Vegas can I travel from Mississippi to Vegas with just my drivers license ? I’m a permanent resident

    1. Hi Christopher, is your license a temporary or the permanent one (with your photo ID)? The crucial bit is the photo ID. Do you have your passport? You really shouldn’t need your green card to travel.

  31. im going to be flying spirit air from baltimore to dallas soon but I lost my Drivers license. I still have my old copy of my drivers license that expired, I also have a birth certificate an old credit card with my name and a social security card. what will be my chances for boarding?

    1. Hi Brian, The airlines do require a valid photo ID and valid does not include expired. Here’s the thing – I don’t want to tell you that you will not be allowed to fly – the TSA makes exceptions all the time, but this is completely at their discretion and it will definitely involve additional screening that may or may not cause you to miss your flight. At the same time, they are completely within their rights to just not allow you to board. It’s not a risk I would want to take. If you have the time to obtain a state ID or other government ID I would go that route. You don’t need the stress on a travel day of possibly not being allowed to fly. Certainly, you should reach out to the airline you are flying to let them know of your special situation in advance.

  32. I am flying to home from out of state for the holidays, and I’ve just realized my license has expired. All I have is my recently expired license (with no way to renew by mail), credit cards, and insurance cards. Am I screwed?

    1. You’ll probably be allowed to board, but you’re likely going to require extra security screening. You should let the airlines know in advance that this has come up, and be VERY polite in the airport. Good luck to you!

  33. Hi
    I am travelling to Delhi from Ahmedabad. One of my friend is also coming along. She is a school going girl. She does not have any id except a school ID card ( Photo ID ). Will it be excepted at the airport?

    1. Hi Ajitesh, I believe a government issued ID is the only acceptable form of identification. At the same time, in an emergency the airlines and security staff will usually try to accommodate (using additional screening procedures). I would definitely check in advance with the airline to see if they will work with your friend. Best of luck to you both!

    1. Hi Alice, let the airline know. Are you traveling internationally? This is probably going to cause you to need to reschedule your flight. Don’t no show for the flight. Let them know so they can work with you.

  34. I have a College ID, a SSN card, and a US passport that is expired. And im going to Florida in a week. Will it matter that my passport is expired for the screening?

    1. Hi there, I believe a government issued ID is the only acceptable form of identification. At the same time, in an emergency the airlines and security staff will usually try to accommodate (using additional screening procedures). I would definitely check in advance with the airline and let them know what the problem is. Best of luck to you!

  35. I’m not a usa citizen so what name should I use to book an airplane ticket….if the names in my passaport and green card aren’t the same??

    1. Hi Martha, I believe the only requirement from an airport security standpoint is that you book with your passport and ticket matching. I have no idea what the requirements might be for you if you are a resident (in terms of immigration and customs on your return). I would definitely talk to someone who has expertise for work permits/visas/green cards to determine specifics and whether your name on tickets have to match your green card.

  36. Hi my id is expire but I’m flying out next month on the 8th flying from California to Hawaii can I still fly out I went to do my id and hope and pray I get it in time but if not can I still fly please I need to know

    1. Hi there. It’s much better if you can get your ID prior to your travel date. The airlines are under no real pressure to allow you to fly without a state issued ID. However, they do make exceptions from time to time. I would certainly contact the airline now and ask what your options might be. Do not wait until your travel date to begin to address this with the airline. Best of luck to you.

  37. I am international student and i hava lost my passport but i need to go to california i only have student id and photocopy of my passport and also my debit card . Is it possible for me to travell.

    1. Hello! The airlines are under no real pressure to allow you to fly without a government-issued ID. However, they do make exceptions from time to time. I would certainly contact the airline now and ask what your options might be. Do not wait until your travel date to begin to address this with the airline. It is possible the items you have with you might work. Best of luck to you.

  38. I want to visit my fiancé for a week and he is away making a living to prepare for us and I would like to visit him but I lost my id and I do have other forms of I’d like an old school Id with my picture and name along with old school transcripts I believe this would work but I get serious anxiety wen it comes to things like this I also have my ss card aswell. Just let me know if this is a sufficiant amount of info

    1. Hi Ruth, You need a government issued ID to travel. You will not be allowed to travel without one. My best advice would be to replace the lost ID. Good luck to you.

    1. Hi Christian, You should contact the airline ASAP and discuss with them. Because you are under 18, there might be some wiggle room. But don’t assume you’re ok. Check with the air carrier. Good luck to you!

  39. hello….m flying from ahemdabad to mumbai on 20th of feb…but the issue is i lost my pan card…and i dont hai any other id proofs except a learning license which is expired,rationing card and a bank passbook….i can use bank passbook by affixing my photo and geeting bank stamp on that as my id proof….?

    1. Hi there, as far as I know the only acceptable forms of photo I.D. for air travel are a government-issued I.D. card. Our travel advice is geared toward domestic and international travel for North American travelers. I’m not 100% sure of the rules for domestic travel within India. I do know that security agents can make exceptions (in the U.S.) and sometimes do, but I’m not sure what the rules are for your particular needs. I would speak to the airline first (or the travel agent who helped you book if you had one) and see what your options might be. Good luck to you.

  40. Hello, I’m 17 and living in TJ for a while, but my friend is 23 and comes visits me. My concern is him and I want to go to San Diego for a concert & every now and then just go for fun, but I was wondering if I would be able to cross the boarder with just my birth certificate and with no problems from the boarder patrols ? Thank you.

    1. Hi Jocelyne, we really can’t speak to border crossings (we’re in the business of giving airfare intelligence advice, not general border crossings). I do know that travel to Mexico does require a passport these days – not sure if there are exceptions for border towns like Tijuana.

  41. So I will be traveling to Puerto Rico in less than a week. 2 weeks ago I applied for an ID in mass, and it still hasn’t came in the mail yet. So as of right, I only have a temporary ID. Do you think they will take it as a form of ID?

    1. Hi Kassy, the rules are pretty inflexible in that you must have a government-issued photo ID to travel. Having said that, the TSA can make exceptions to the rules when they see fit. These exceptions are usually made for people who may have lost their identification last minute. If I were you, I would reach out directly to the airline and ask them what they think you should do. If your travel is not crucial, I might try to postpone. If your travel dates are not flexible, you can take your chances on your travel day with the security personnel and bring as much identification with you as possible. Factors that can influence your chances – what the state of international security looks like on that particular travel day, what the state of airport security looks like on that particular day, the mood of the security agent, etc. Sorry there isn’t a great answer to this one. Good luck to you.

  42. Hi im going to travel mexico but the name i use for my ticket is my resident card but My passport name is different from my resident card. Single name on my passport. Am i gonna be fine?

    1. Hi Vanessa, The rule is that the name on your ticket must match the name on your government issued I.D. If it does not, you should look into correcting it. Sometimes people take their chances on their travel day and hope for the best with airport security. It may not be a problem for you on your travel day, but whether or not you get held up by the TSA is going to depend on a number of factors – including international incidents, security in the airport that day and even the mood of the TSA agents on staff! Bringing extra I.D. can sometimes help. You should definitely contact the airline and explain the situation. Plan to allow a good extra 1-2 hours for check-in just in case they do detain you for extra security checks.

  43. I lost my ID when I came along for a road trip with a friend from CaLifornia to Indiana. I only have a photo of the front of my ID, a debit card with my name, and various pieces of mail. I fly today at 530, I’m scared to death I won’t be able to board, I have no other way back home if I can’t. Do you think they will let me fly?

    1. Hi Charlotte, You should call the airlines ASAP and let them know of the dilemma. It’s really up to the TSA whether or not they will let you fly. In some instances, they may allow it, by running additional security screening on you. I would also allow ample time at the airport in case you are detained for a while.

  44. Lost my wallet with Only ID today. Flying from San Francisco to Portland on Friday. TSA said to bring as much proof of who I am as I can and it should be okay. Stressed and worried, what do you think?

    1. Yes, please bring any items that could help verify your identity. The TSA do sometimes allow people to fly who have lost their identification.

    2. Yes, please bring any items that could help verify your identity. The TSA do sometimes allow people to fly who have lost their identification. You should also let the airline know now, so it can be noted in your record.

  45. I am 18 and I am traveling to another state. I don’t have an drivers license and valid passport. Can I bring my birth certificate and expired passport as identification?

    1. Hi there, To be safe you need a valid, government issued photo i.d. Having said that, the TSA can make exceptions to the rule. I would let the airline know of your situation if you do not have time to get a new I.D. (it does not have to be a license), and plan to allow a LOT of extra time in security. The TSA is under no obligation to allow you on the flight without identification, but they have been known to make exceptions (typically when someone has had a theft or has lost their I.D.)

  46. Hey..I U Just Lost My Id Card And My flight Is Today.. I have passport with visa and also have by-form So Can i Fly??

    1. Hi Waqar, If you have an unexpired passport you should be fine for travel. If not, I would let the airline know of your situation ASAP and plan to allow a LOT of extra time in security. The TSA is under no obligation to allow you on the flight without proper identification, but they have been known to make exceptions (typically when someone has had a theft or has lost their I.D.)

  47. Hi, I am an international student and I lost my passport. I am having it replaced but it will take a while and I have a flight to LA from Ohio on Monday. I have my SSN card, I-94 form and alot of my documentation as an international student still with me including a copies of my Visa and passport and my university degree. I am also planning on bringing the police report for my missing passport. I also have the driver’s license and ID card from my country. Will I still be allowed to travel if I show all of these?

    1. Hi Adrian, Sorry about your troubles. I think your level of documentation will probably be fine for your flight. Let the airline know of your situation ASAP and plan to allow a LOT of extra time in security. The TSA is under no obligation to allow you on the flight without proper identification, but they make exceptions. I don’t think you’ll have a problem. Good luck to you.

  48. I’m 18 and moving back to Massachusetts from Georgia. I have a school ID from MA from before I moved here in November 2015. I only have my school ID, birth certificate and health insurance card. I am 7 months pregnant and do not have any money to get my state ID and a very short amount of time to move.not sure if I would be able to aboard with these being my only identifications

    1. Hi Misha, You could throw yourself on the mercy of the airline and see if they will allow you to board with the i.d. you have(bring it all to the airport with you). The TSA makes exceptions to the “state issued i.d.” policy sometimes, but usually you have to have some extenuating circumstances like your wallet was stolen or lost. They’re not usually sympathetic to less urgent problems like cost to replace the i.d. But being 7 months pregant may garner you a bit of sympathy – I would reach out to the airline before and explain the situation. Otherwise, just know that the TSA is under no obligation to allow you to travel without proper identification. They can make exceptions, but you’re completely at their mercy on this one. Good luck to you.

  49. Hi, I am an international student and my passport expired , i sent my expired passport to Kuwaiti embassy to get new passport (this process take around 2 months), i will traveling domestically (from portland to cleveland ) i do not have ID State , i have photo from (passport,visa, kuwaiti ID ) and i have insurance card , college I.D ,I-20 and Admission letter (from cleveland state) ,Will I still be allowed to travel if I show all of these?

    1. Hi Mohammad, You could throw yourself on the mercy of the airline and see if they will allow you to board with the i.d. you have(bring it all to the airport with you). The TSA makes exceptions to the “state issued i.d.” policy sometimes, but usually you have to have some extenuating circumstances like your wallet was stolen or lost. I would reach out to the airline before and explain the situation. Otherwise, just know that the TSA is under no obligation to allow you to travel without proper identification. They can make exceptions, but you’re completely at their mercy on this one. Good luck to you.

  50. My friend brought my plane ticket I had just lost my ID I have a expired one till my birth certificate come but I was just wondering can I still board coming back from bike week???? Oh yea it will be my first time ever flying

    1. Hi Anthony, The TSA does make exceptions to the “state issued i.d.” policy sometimes, especially if your i.d. was stolen. I would reach out to the airline before you fly and explain the situation. Otherwise, just know that the TSA is under no obligation to allow you to travel without proper identification. They can make exceptions, but it is completely up to them. Good luck to you.

  51. Question: My State ID Is kind of damanged (worn on sides; I used it to get into my back door occasionalyl when I leave my keys at work). Will this be a deal killler or will they accept my ID

  52. Hi I’m traveling from the dmv to Jamaica I already have my passport but my state ID is issued on paper temporary until they mail me the real one . Will I be able to use my temporary I’d to board?

    1. Hi Ericka, Do you have a photo ID? You really need some form of a photo ID to travel. The TSA does make exceptions to the “state issued i.d.” policy sometimes but you should have other documentation to make your case. I would reach out to the airline before you fly and explain the situation. Otherwise, just know that the TSA is under no obligation to allow you to travel without proper identification. They can make exceptions, but it is completely up to them. Good luck to you.

  53. hello….my greencard is expired 03/31/2016.i did’n see when i booked ticket.we r traveling 3 ppl.my tow kids and me.my filght date 06/13/2016 (june 13).what should i o now?without greencard i can travel?plz help me i have any option?now i have no time for renew.i have only Social security card & passport.can i travel with this?

    1. Hi Farhana, We cannot comment too much on the travel rules. Depending on your status, you may have problems traveling (especially if your flight is out of the country and you are hoping to return). There are often very strict travel rules for people with work permits as relating to how often and for how long you can travel. I would reach out to someone with more expertise on matters of immigration law and get their opinion. Best of luck to you.

  54. Hi there i just wannna fine out that can i still travel to Hawaii with new york government issue ID and come back to new York is my first time flying .and I booked everything all ready and I m going next week I m lil confused please help

  55. hey so I’m going to flordia on June 19. I don’t have my drivers license or a permit. I also do have an ID card either. I heard that it take 15 days to get it in the mail. I only have a week to get it though. I was just wondering if the ID receipt that the DMV gives u will be fine to get through the security part.

    1. Hi Alyssa, you need a government issued photo I.D. to get through security and be allowed to board. Now, there are occasional exceptions made to this rule (the TSA has ways of determining identity when the proper identification is not present), but this is usually only allowed in case of emergency (lost or stolen i.d. is the most common reason exceptions are made). If you want to try and fly without a photo I.d., you should bring any and all idenitifying documents to the airport with you and plan for lots of extra time in security (a couple of extra hours at least). I would also let the airlines know – they will probably tell you that you’re not likely to be allowed to fly.

  56. so i bought my plane ticket & im traveling to san fransico next month & my year birth is wrong on my ticket will i still be able to get on board ?

    1. Hi Ana, Call the airlines and update it to be safe. Some airlines don’t mind and some do – it also may depend on who is working that day in the airport. To be sure you don’t have any extensive delays at security, it’s just best to make the correction before your travel date.

  57. Hi I’m 17 years old and me and my daughter and her father are levabing Saturday to go see my mother in Texas from Philadelphia . I don’t have no ID and don’t know if my current address is on file . I’m worried that something can go wrong and my trip gets ruined .

    1. Hi Ajee, You cannot fly without a photo I.D. when you are 18 and older, but since you are 17 you’re probably going to be okay. If your daughter’s father is over 18, you can probably fly with him without an i.d., though you should check with the airline to make sure of their rules as they apply to your situation.

  58. Hey guys- I’m flying to Las Vegas from SFO on Sunday and by luck I came across a letter from the DMV that says I need to update my CA ID. This was at 3pm today. So I hopped in a cab to DMV and I was able to get my CA ID renewed. So, now I have my old ID and the ID before that and my renewal paper and birth certificate….Am I going to run into trouble?? I’m totally freaked.

    1. Hi Michael, You should be fine. Just to be safe, you should call ahead and let the airline know – but you certainly have enough backup documentation for the TSA.

  59. Hi I’m flying to Mexico and my passport has a missing letter on my second last name and my flight is on Saturday does that mean I can’t fly

    1. Hi Avel, This is likely not going to be a problem for you. I would allow for a bit of extra time (an additional hour or so) to clear security. You should also call ahead and let the airline know of the mistake.

  60. My 19 y/of nephew does not have any ID except an old high school ID and gym ID. He has supporting documents like social security card and birth certificate. Can he use them at the airport going to Vegas?

    1. Hi Jocelyn, This will probably be enough documentation for the TSA to allow him to fly, but make sure he lets the airline know in advance and also he should plan to bring all of his supporting documentation and plan to allow extra time going through security. Finally, if he has the time to do this before his trip, it would really be preferable for him to just have a state I.D. in hand.

  61. I am a south African citizen here on vacation and I have lost my passport – I need to fly to New York to the embassy to get another travel document issued, but will i be able to fly without a passport –

    1. Hi Roz, It is likely that you will be allowed to fly, albeit with extra security screening. I would reach out the the airlines and explain your situation – it may be that you will have to provide additional documentation that you’ll have to have emailed or posted from home to help facilitate the process.

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