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Traveling for Locum Tenens Work: How the REAL ID Act Affects You

As a locum tenens provider, you understand the value of a seamless air travel experience. Locums also understand that even the slightest hiccup can lead to inconvenient delays and missed assignment start times. While some security measures might not directly affect you, one important consideration is the REAL ID Act and how it can impact your travel plans.


Real ID Act Impact on Locums Travel


Originally passed in 2005 in response to recommendations from the 9/11 Commission, the REAL ID Act has recently begun implementing new security measures that could affect your travel. The updated measures require that airline passengers have a driver’s license or ID card that meets more rigorous security standards. Your identification documents must meet these standards in order to be accepted by the TSA.


How does this affect air travel? Identification documents from 26 states are already compliant with the REAL ID Act, which means you will have no problem flying with your driver’s license or ID from those states. The remaining states have been granted an extension that expires on October 10, 2017, and should be making strides towards compliance. Check the status of your state (including extension deadlines) here.


By 2020, every passenger will need a valid REAL ID. After this deadline, any driver’s license or ID that doesn’t adhere to the REAL ID standards will no longer be acceptable for commercial flights. This means that once your state becomes compliant, you may need to get your license or ID card renewed.


To avoid disruptions from changing laws, it may be worth looking into alternative forms of identification in order to fly. Consider making sure you have an up-to-date passport. If you don’t currently have one, you should apply for your passport well in advance of your anticipated travel, especially if you’re facing deadlines from a noncompliant state. The TSA recommends applying during off peak times between September and December for a smoother process. A passport will ensure that your travel plans go uninterrupted — no matter the status of your state.


D&Y’s full-service travel department works closely with you to complete your locum tenens travel arrangements. We maintain a comprehensive travel profile for each of our locum tenens providers that includes ID information to ensure compliance with the TSA. Your travel profile also contains your preferences and/or needs, as well as your frequent flyer and rewards club memberships. Interested in locum tenens with D&Y?  Speak with a recruiter  today!

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