Can I fly from Miami to Tampa without a passport? I just have my foreigner ID from Paraguay. I don't have my passport with me. My ID has a picture and full name. In addition, I have my identification from school (Eckerd College).

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    You can also use a U.S. driver's license or state ID. If you don't already have one, it's a good idea to get one as it makes a lot of things easier. – user102008 Jan 26 '15 at 5:05

You may be able to, but I wouldn't recommend it.

The TSA website lists the types of identification that can be used for domestic flights - and the only one you're likely to own is your passport.

If you do not have acceptable identification then that doesn't immediately mean you can't fly, but it will at best mean additional time in security whilst they attempt to confirm your identity. Given you are a foreigner they may or may not be able to suitably do that, which means that you may or may not be allowed to fly.

This will be in addition to any requirements your airline has around identification - especially if you are checking bags they often require it.

And then even if you are allowed fly you are going to find yourself a long way from your passport. Although it's not generally a requirement for foriegn nationals to carry their passport at all times, I certainly wouldn't recommend being too far away from it - especially given you are from South America, and you're in what is somewhat a "border" state.


It's possible. You will need to both meet the airline's terms and the TSA's requirements. Most airlines require you to provide your ID in the conditions of carriage, though many don't enforce this consistently. While neither of your documents meet the TSA's ID requirements you can hope to convince them who you are based on information on you they find in their system or you provide them. In the end, it'll be their decision if you get to fly.

Alternative to flying, which will take at least a couple hours with checking in and getting to and from the airport, you might consider taking the bus. It seems to take around five hours, you can find many bus companies Miami to Tampa on Busbud (I work on this project). Be sure to check the requirements regarding ID, they vary by bus company.

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