If your license has expired, it is still possible to fly if you meet certain conditions.
According to the TSA:
“If your driver’s license or state-issued ID expired on or after March 1, 2020, and you are unable to renew at your state driver’s license agency, you may still use it as acceptable identification at the checkpoint.
TSA will accept expired driver’s licenses or state-issued ID a year after expiration.”
Can You Fly With an Expired License? (By Airline)
All airlines follow TSA regulations.
So regardless if you are flying with Delta, Southwest, JetBlue, American Airlines, or any other regional or major air carrier in the U.S., you can fly with an expired license if it expired on or after March 1, 2020, for up to a year after expiration.
Can You Fly Internationally With an Expired License?
Regardless if your license has expired or not, you can not fly internationally.
This is because a passport is the only acceptable form of ID you can use to fly internationally.
Depending on the country you are traveling to, a visa may also be required.
Due to the Covid pandemic, there was a temporary measure in place that allowed U.S. citizens currently abroad whose passports expired on or after January 1, 2020 to return to the United States.
This was measure was only valid until June 30, 2022, so no longer applies.
What Forms of Identification Are Acceptable to Fly With?
The TSA state that the following forms of ID are acceptable to fly with:
- Driver’s licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent)
- U.S. passport
- U.S. passport card
- Foreign government-issued passport
- Permanent resident card
- DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
- State-issued Enhanced Driver’s License
- U.S. Department of Defense ID, including IDs issued to dependents
- Border crossing card
- An acceptable photo ID issued by a federally recognized, Tribal Nation/Indian Tribe
- HSPD-12 PIV card
- Canadian provincial driver’s license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card
- Transportation worker identification credential
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
- U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential
- Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC)
Can You Fly With a Picture of Your ID?
Just having a picture of your ID is not good enough to fly with.
However, a picture of your ID can be useful to help prove your identity to the TSA.
Can You Fly With a Birth Certificate?
A birth certificate will not allow you to fly, though it may be useful to travel with if your ID was lost or stolen to help prove your identity to the TSA.
Can You Fly With a Paper ID?
According to the TSA, you cannot fly with a paper ID.
Again, it can be useful to bring to the airport to help verify your identity, though.
Can You Use Your Social Security Card to Fly?
A social security card is not an acceptable form of ID to fly with.
How to Fly If Your ID Was Lost or Stolen
If your ID has been lost or stolen, you may still be able to fly domestically.
Bring as many as the following forms of ID to the airport to help prove your identity:
- A credit card, a business card with your photo on it
- Mail or prescription medication with your name and address on the label
- Utility bills
- A library card
- Work security badges
- Voter registration
- Birth certificate
- Expired forms of other ID
- Photos of your ID