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I do not have picture id and am traveling from Michigan to

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I do not have picture id and am traveling from Michigan to Tampa. Can I use a birth certicate or what ID Please e mail me at***@******.*** I am traveling Spirit airlines.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: TSA
Expert:  Longhorn Lawyer replied 11 months ago.

Hi Joan,

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ANSWER: Any government issued ID would work. As a matter of fact, in many cases, if you do not have a government issued ID, you can still travel. It would just take a little longer to get checked into your flight and a little longer to get through security.

Airport and airline officials can access publicly available databases to determine your identity with reasonable certainty.

So technically, you do not even need your Birth certificate. But if you take that, and maybe a credit card or some other document that has your name on it, they can generally allow you to fly.

TSA might also ask you to fill out some type of form that has information on it with which they can determine your identity.

The bot***** *****ne is, your birth certificate, while helpful, is not necessary. But if you take it, as well as some other documentation with your name on it (even a Costco card with a picture on it has been used for ID purposes in some instances), you should be able to get through security and on a flight without issue. Just make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get through the process, as it might take longer without an ID.

Note that if they cannot determine your identity, you will not be able to fly. So the more you bring, the better.

Here is a link to that information: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification

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Expert:  Longhorn Lawyer replied 11 months ago.

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