I have an F-1 international student visa which is still valid, and my passport is still valid, I just graduated and my I-20 expired 4 days ago. Can I still fly within the US? Will TSA agent ask about my I-20?

Also, I also have an expired driver's licence; I tried to renew, but the DMV gave me a temporary paper version. If I present the expired driver licence and the temporary one, would this be accepted?

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    TSA doesn't care about your immigration status. Show them your passport.
    – phoog
    Commented Aug 10, 2017 at 8:58

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Note that you remain in F1 status for 60 days after successfully completing your program; this is the "grace period". So you are in status and perfectly fine even if you happen to run into a CBP checkpoint.

However, you will not normally encounter anyone with authority to check your immigration status during domestic travel in the US. The TSA does not check immigration status, nor do TSA officers have the training to understand immigration law; they only check your ID (e.g. a passport) to verify you are who you say you are, and check your belongings for security threats.

There is a small chance of encountering CBP interior checkpoints if you travel in roads or airports within 100 miles of the border, but as I said above, you are in status and have no problems even if you go through such a checkpoint.

(Note: the validity of the visa is irrelevant as US visas are only for entry.)

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