REAL ID Alaska: Here’s how to do it like a pro

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500 days. That’s how many days are left before all Americans boarding a commercial aircraft, or accessing a federal facility such as a military base, will need to show a form of REAL ID. If you’re leaving Alaska in September of 2020, and intending to come back after Oct. 1, you’ll need a REAL ID of some sort to get on a jet.

But because of State of Alaska working days, you only have about 352 days until you must have your paperwork in order.

REAL ID is generally a U.S. passport or a state-issued driver’s license or identity card that has a few more bells and whistles. Military ID and some Native IDs are REAL ID compliant.

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