Guam Real ID Compliant

February 7, 2019
Press Release

Congressman Michael F.Q. San Nicolas



The Office of Congressman San Nicolas announces that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has approved Guam’s certification of compliance in meeting the requirements of the REAL ID Act of 2005.

What this means: Real ID compliant driver's licenses and identification cards issued by Guam may continue to be used to board commercial aircraft, as well as to enter federal facilities, military bases, and nuclear power plants.

While this achievement certainly reflects a significant milestone, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security stresses that beginning October 1, 2020, every resident will need to present a REAL ID-compliant license/ID-card, or another acceptable form of identification, to board commercial airplanes and access Federal facilities. This will be the start of “card-based” enforcement, meaning the card itself must be REAL ID compliant (not just the state) unless the resident is using an alternative acceptable identification document such as a passport.

"We are pleased that this matter is progressing, and look forward to sustained compliance to improve the travel circumstances of the people of Guam relative to their local identifications," said Congressman San Nicolas.