Do I need my passport to travel from California to Seattle? I'm planning to travel on October 7, 2019.

I need an answer if I don't need my passport to travel seattle or do I just need ID to present to travel Seattle.

I am US citizen.

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    How do you intend to travel? By car, bus, train or airplane? Commented Aug 17, 2019 at 4:24
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    If you aren't as white as snow you may wish to carry a passport anyway. ICE has actually deported American citizens for the crime of not having a passport on them while not being white. Commented Aug 17, 2019 at 6:04

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For travel in 2019, you will only require your Drivers License, regardless of how you plan to travel. There is absolutely no need for a US citizen to carry their passport for this trip.

Beginning October 1, 2021 there MAY be a need to carry your passport if you are flying. This is the current start date for the requirement to have a REAL ID complaint ID in order to fly. If your Drivers License is REAL ID Compliant (most California drivers licences are NOT - other states will vary) then even from this date you will be fine with just a drivers license.

However if your drivers license is NOT REAL ID Compliant, then from this date you will require a passport or other suitable ID - at least in theory. (Exactly how this ends up being implemented, and what will happen for people without such ID, is at this stage unknown)

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