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crazyinca
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Did I hear correctly that later this year a passport will be required to come to STX?

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Posted : March 25, 2017 9:01 am
speee1dy
(@speee1dy)
Islander

where did you hear this?

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Posted : March 25, 2017 11:49 am
quirion
(@quirion)
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It depends. Last year I almost got denied a flight back from NY using my VI drivers license until a supervisor came over and told the guy that those real id restrictions have been delayed. But they are coming.

On January 8, 2016, DHS issued a revised implementation schedule for Phase 4, stating that starting January 22, 2018 "passengers with a driver's license issued by a state that is still not compliant with the REAL ID Act (and has not been granted an extension) will need to show an alternative form of acceptable ...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/REAL_ID_Act

So if you have a license from a state that is compliant you can use your license.

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Posted : March 25, 2017 1:14 pm
Scubadoo
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Not from the US or PR for US citizens. Immigration likes to look at one on the return if you have it but officially birth certificate and government photo ID are supposed to be accepted.

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/980/kw/traveling%20to%20the%20virgin%20islands/session/L3RpbWUvMTQ5MDQ1MTcyNi9zaWQvajh5NC1xZW4%3D

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Posted : March 25, 2017 1:25 pm
crazyinca
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Thank you, sounds like it will be easier to just get my passport renewed and not take any chances:-)

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Posted : March 25, 2017 1:36 pm
sjointer
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Regarding the REAL ID Act:

A number of states on the mainland are not compliant, among them CA and MN. If those states, with the resources they have, can't come into compliance...

I'm making certain my passport is good and in my luggage anytime I go to the airport, regardless of where I end up.

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Posted : March 25, 2017 4:02 pm
quirion
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Not from the US or PR for US citizens. Immigration likes to look at one on the return if you have it but officially birth certificate and government photo ID are supposed to be accepted.

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/980/kw/traveling%20to%20the%20virgin%20islands/session/L3RpbWUvMTQ5MDQ1MTcyNi9zaWQvajh5NC1xZW4%3D

But will that change after Real ID? The government photo id is the issue at hand.

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Posted : March 25, 2017 4:56 pm
fdr
 fdr
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Unrelated, but amusing - when I fly in the states, everyone at TSA thinks my Virgin Islands driver's license is fake. (I sometimes forget to pull my passport out first.) The fact that since the first year of use, it has needed scotch tape to keep the holograph from peeling off, doesn't help their impression.

As sjointer notes, I don't expect our licenses will become Real ID compliant anytime soon. The BMV tech challenges are of the variety that "the camera isn't working right now, so we can't do licenses until it's fixed." This can go on for days or months.

So, if you move here, definitely get a passport for travel. I don't trust that my local ID will be accepted anywhere but here as proof of my identity.

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Posted : March 26, 2017 10:30 am
AandA2VI
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Regarding the REAL ID Act:

A number of states on the mainland are not compliant, among them CA and MN. If those states, with the resources they have, can't come into compliance...

I'm making certain my passport is good and in my luggage anytime I go to the airport, regardless of where I end up.

I hope not checked luggage. Never leave your passport anywhere other than on your person. We do always have two sets of copies, one printed in checked luggage and one digital in TripIt, the travel app I use.

I agree on locals DL. In AZ I've been refused at the bar half dozen times. Now I take my old AZ lisense with me too.... although after last time and how sick I got stateside I told my family I wasn't someone back ever again lol. They must have too me seriously because my dad is coming to visit soon. Works for me! I still can't understand why I get so damn sick on stateside trips and never internationally. I'm guessing the plane filters on the long flights are better? It's weird for sure but not once have I gotten sick on longs flights... even 17hr ones. Sorry to sidetrack the convo.

*** The views and opinions expressed in my posts are soley those of A&A2VI and other like minded islanders. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of the majority or any/all contributors to this site. Have a GREAT DAY!

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Posted : March 26, 2017 5:19 pm
speee1dy
(@speee1dy)
Islander

so its not because we are the VI, just because our id's are not compliant

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Posted : March 26, 2017 5:26 pm
Alana33
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Islander

My passport had expired and while I plan on renewing it, just didn't get around to it last year with everything else I had going on so had all identity docs on hand for travel including the expired passport, birth certificate, voter registration ID and driver's license. They were only interested in the DL and had no problems. So far!

We were supposed to be in compliance with the Real ID act but believe that there was a huge glitch in the software program purchased previously by BMV which is still waiting to be rectified.

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Posted : March 26, 2017 5:38 pm
fdr
 fdr
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so its not because we are the VI, just because our id's are not compliant

Yeah, before the Real ID requirement became more prevalent, I would get a lot of smiles at TSA: "The Virgin Islands, huh? That must nice." Now they just look at me sideways and ask if I have any other ID on me.

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Posted : March 26, 2017 7:33 pm
Scubadoo
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Regarding the REAL ID Act:

A number of states on the mainland are not compliant, among them CA and MN. If those states, with the resources they have, can't come into compliance...

I'm making certain my passport is good and in my luggage anytime I go to the airport, regardless of where I end up.

I hope not checked luggage. Never leave your passport anywhere other than on your person. We do always have two sets of copies, one printed in checked luggage and one digital in TripIt, the travel app I use.

I email the digital copies of the IDs to myself so can get to them if needed from any computer and internet.

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Posted : March 26, 2017 8:02 pm
captbill
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I found it interesting that the BMV required the *exact* same identification documents by type and number that Florida required to get a RealID compliant drivers license. Only difference is the VI license does not have the required gold star that TSA requires.

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Posted : March 26, 2017 9:16 pm
AandA2VI
(@AandA2VI)
Noble Member

Were you able to get a real if compliment DL here captbill? I'd like to have one also if possible since we travel a lot.

*** The views and opinions expressed in my posts are soley those of A&A2VI and other like minded islanders. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of the majority or any/all contributors to this site. Have a GREAT DAY!

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Posted : March 26, 2017 11:02 pm
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