Updated: Travel Changes for 2018 – Passports Needed!

ID requirements for surrogate travel is changing

The Circle Surrogacy family spends a lot of time thinking about travel. Whether it’s coordinating travel for our donors, surrogates and intended parents, or setting out to host our own events, we have a whole team of people helping to make sure that everyone is able to reach their destination and get home according to plan.

Beginning in January 2018, there will be changes to TSA and Homeland Security policies that may affect travel. Effective January 22, 2018, TSA will only accept state-issued driver’s licenses or identification cards if they are issued by a REAL ID compliant state, or a non-compliant state with an extension. As always, travelers may use alternate forms of identification such as a passport, military ID, or permanent resident card. A complete list of TSA-accepted documents for travel is available on tsa.gov.

If you’re a Circle donor, surrogate or intended parents and will be traveling early next year, we recommend checking your IDs to ensure you have the proper documents with which to travel for both compliant and non-compliant states.

And, because the REAL ID Act will continue to introduce changes to TSA guidelines over the next few years, please review the REAL ID Act for the most up-to-date information regarding your state-issued ID.

If you have any questions about the new requirements, read more on the Department of Homeland Security homepage or reach out to us with any questions.