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My driver license expired April 19, 2019, my flight to the Bahamas leaves August 25, 2019.

I have a passport, can I still fly using just my passport as an ID too?

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    You can fly with your passport, but surely you can get a new driver's licence before August? – user90371 Apr 29 at 22:17
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    @NateEldredge I have a hard time believing that there is any situation in which a passport is not accepted as ID to fly but some other document is. – David Richerby Apr 29 at 22:33
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    Yes. In fact, you need your passport in any event. You can enter the Bahamas using an enhanced DL, but not by air travel. – xuq01 Apr 29 at 22:59
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    You don't plan to renew your driving license? – Michael Hampton Apr 30 at 1:17
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    "can I fly to the Bahamas with my passport?" No, you need a plane. – glglgl Apr 30 at 10:34
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To fly to the Bahamas from the US as a US citizen, you need a passport in any event, and you do not need any other ID. So a driver's license isn't particularly helpful for this trip, and its being expired is not a problem.

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    Unless the OP wants to drive while in the Bahamas... – David Apr 29 at 22:58
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    @David yes of course. I didn't mention that since the question asks about "ID" and did not mention driving, but it's certainly possible that there could be a misunderstanding about that. – phoog Apr 29 at 23:44
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    True, he didn't mention it. But the temptation to make a bit of fun was irresitible. – David Apr 30 at 2:32
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    Maybe he wanted to drive TO the Bahamas ;) – qht Apr 30 at 9:53
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    @qht Good idea! I wonder what the licensing requirements would be for doing that in something like an Amphicar. – phoog Apr 30 at 13:06
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The whole point of a passport is to act as ID when you're travelling! If you have a passport, you don't need anything else.

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    It's somewhat unusual in the US even to have a passport; the number of US passports in circulation is slightly over 40% of the population of the US (of course, there are noncitizens living in the US and US citizens living outside the US), and that percentage has grown dramatically in the last 10 to 20 years. It is not difficult to imagine a US citizen who hasn't ever thought of the possibility of boarding a flight without a driver's license. – phoog Apr 30 at 14:03
  • Technically speaking, the main purpose of a passport is to convince the officials of the nation you are visiting that there is some other place in the world to which you can return when they don't want you any more. – Solomon Slow May 1 at 13:26
  • @SolomonSlow "Technically" according to whom? My passport says "Her Britannic Majesty's Secretary of State Requests and requires in the Name of Her Majesty all those whom it may concern to allow the bearer to pass freely without let or hindrance, and to afford the bearer such assistance and protection as may be necessary", not that Her Britannic Majesty's Secretary of State Promises to let this guy back in once you folk have had enough of him." – David Richerby May 1 at 13:29
  • Hmm, maybe I should not have said "technical." Also, I'll have to dig out my U.S. passport. I remember reading the fine print once long ago, and I thought I came to the conclusion that it was a unilateral agreement, saying in its essence that, "we'll take this guy back." But maybe I misremember that. Or maybe, the fine print that any particular nation adds is just intended to give the document a weighty, "official" feel, and what other nations think the passport actually represents is entirely their own concern. – Solomon Slow May 1 at 13:44
  • @SolomonSlow Most (all?) countries will allow their citizens to reenter. So at least part of the purpose of a passport is to demonstrate nationality and thus indicate where the person can be returned, if necessary. But I don't think that's the "main purpose". – David Richerby May 1 at 13:59

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