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Thank you for reaching out to Global Trusted Traveler with your question. I understand the importance of having the correct identification when traveling within the United States. Let me provide you with the information you need regarding the use of your Global Entry card as a REAL ID.
While the Global Entry program and the REAL ID Act are both related to identification for travel within the U.S., they serve different purposes. The Global Entry program is designed to expedite the customs and immigration process for international travelers, while the REAL ID Act establishes minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards.
So, can you use your Global Entry card as a REAL ID in the U.S.? The answer is no. The Global Entry card is not considered a REAL ID-compliant form of identification. It is important to note that the Global Entry card does not meet the specific requirements set forth by the REAL ID Act.
To clarify, a REAL ID-compliant form of identification is required for certain federal purposes, such as boarding a domestic flight or accessing federal facilities. These purposes include entering certain federal buildings, nuclear power plants, and boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft.
However, it is worth mentioning that if you have a Global Entry card, you likely already have a REAL ID-compliant driver's license or identification card. When applying for Global Entry, applicants are required to provide a valid passport or a REAL ID-compliant driver's license or identification card. Therefore, if you have a Global Entry card, it is highly likely that your driver's license or identification card is already REAL ID-compliant.
To determine if your driver's license or identification card is REAL ID-compliant, look for a star symbol in the upper right-hand corner. This star indicates that your identification meets the requirements of the REAL ID Act.
In summary, while your Global Entry card itself is not a REAL ID, it is highly likely that the driver's license or identification card you used to apply for Global Entry is REAL ID-compliant. It is important to check for the star symbol on your identification to ensure compliance with the REAL ID Act.
I hope this information clarifies the distinction between the Global Entry program and the REAL ID Act. If you have any further questions or need additional assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out. Safe travels!
Global Trusted Traveler