I live in the U.S.A., where we may board a regular commercial passenger flight only with the approval of the T.S.A. Passengers are supposed to bring proof of identity with us, and present it when trying to make our way through the airport and onto a plane. Normally, people use a passport or an identification card issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

The T.S.A. says on their website that someone without normal proof of identity can still fly if the T.S.A. can confirm his identity.

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I want to fly, but I don't have the normal proof of identity. And somehow (because of the coronavirus and the maze of rules and the timing of things) I won't have the normal proof of identity in time for the trip I'm hoping to take.

Is there any way that I can check, before buying an airline ticket, that the T.S.A. will be able to confirm my identity?

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    What evidence of identity will you have? – Patricia Shanahan Sep 24 '20 at 17:07
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    notice that the wording on the website implies that you have a drivers license or passport, but it just isn't with you right now. This is not the same as not having them. – Kate Gregory Sep 24 '20 at 17:38
  • The obvious way to confirm identity without a document is to look the traveler up in various government databases. If the OP is in one the TSA is likely to confirm their identity. There may be a problem if the OP has never had any of the items listed at Identification. – Patricia Shanahan Sep 24 '20 at 17:56
  • I don't think any physical object other than the listed items will help. They are going to ask questions: "collecting information such as your name, current address, and other personal information to confirm your identity". That would let them look you up in databases, if you are in any. – Patricia Shanahan Sep 24 '20 at 18:50
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    Have you seen this TSA web page. It goes into more detail and has a short video: tsa.gov/blog/2018/08/02/… – mkennedy Sep 24 '20 at 19:17

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