Traveling with an expired State ID

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1. Posted by j82554l (Inactive 2 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi, I have a friend who lives in CA, she would like to visit New York however her State ID has been expired for 1 month and I believe that thats the only goverment issued ID that she has. Is it possible to travel with the expired ID?
Thank you.

2. Posted by roamp (Budding Member 11 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

You don't need an ID to travel. You need one to board a commercial
flight though. They may or may not check the expiration date.

3. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

If you mean a "state ID" as in her driver's license, then she will not be able to drive while in New York (or in California) until it is renewed. Most states require taking the written and possibly the "behind the wheel" tests again for licenses that are expired longer than 30 days. If it is just a state issued ID card, then it doesn't matter at all.

If she is flying from California to New York, she will have to show the ID at check-in. They may not care that it has expired as long as it's a picture ID and it matches her face. If you friend can produce her birth certificate also, then she shouldn't have a problem.

Is there a reason that she can not get to the state facilty and renew the card before her trip? Most licenses and ID cards are given to you immediately and cost a small fee.

4. Posted by gypsierose (Budding Member 27 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I would totally agree with everything Isadora said except for the flying part... with all the restrictions around flight - I would venture to say that it would HAVE to be valid. I can't imagine ANYONE taking any form of ID that is invalid as a form of identification.

she should just go down to the drivers license DMV who can issue State IDs as well and they can easily issue her another probably within the same day.

5. Posted by Lugor79 (Full Member 74 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Actually you don't need an ID to fly. It's just a hassle, here are some links:

From NPR:

From a un-verified 3rd party with a link to a court case:

I haven't looked up the court case but I'm sure you can google it.


6. Posted by foggyidea (Budding Member 19 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

It it true that you can fly without an ID. While in Colorado my wallet was stolen and all my Identification. However when I checked in at the airport and explained my prediciment I was sent through "enhanced security."

I would still prefer to travel with an ID but there are circumstances that make it impossible. I am not sure if an expired ID is better than none, but my guess is that it would be better to have it on you.

7. Posted by Ham Radio (Respected Member 286 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Your friend needs to get off her seat and renew her I.D. Only takes a few minutes and life gets simpler, not harder.
It's a new world now.