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Pleasant surprise...
Neither the US Airways ticket agent nor the TSA security screener objected to my using my paper interim driver license (with no picture) alongside my expired driver license (with my photo) as ID. I have my passport with me just in case, but was curious what would happen, so kept it in my pocket.

I admit I consider an expired photo ID and a laser-printed piece of paper to be iffy as identification, but I guess an authentic but expired license that's obviously just expired, along with matching interim license, is a sufficiently short-lived phenomenon as to be worth taking the chance.

Of course, I should have gotten my license renewal accomplished soon enough that I'd have my permanent replacement before this trip (or before the Atlanta trip, where everyone noticed my license was going to expire in two weeks and warned me). I'm sure it'll show up in tomorrow's mail.

Interestingly, the US Airways plane that just arrived from LaGuardia and is heading back there soon has Colgan Air livery instead of US Airways Express. Wonder if they had to substitute, or if they added extra flights this weekend with Cornell Reunion. Obviously some folks heading home from Reunion here -- there are several of the bright red cased Cornell camping chairs that were given out by a few classes, making everyone scratch their heads as to how they were going to get them home.
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stephthegeek From: stephthegeek Date: June 7th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
There's a relatively new policy that allows a driver's license to be used as ID as long as it hasn't been expired for more than a year. You don't even need the paper. I found this out last week when I unknowingly attempted to fly with an expired permanent resident card, which they also had no problem with.
rjb5 From: rjb5 Date: June 7th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm in the same boat right now; Minnesota clips the corner from your license when you go in to get a renewal, but then mails your renewal to you in about 3 weeks. During that time, they give you a huge yellow sheet of paper, a carbonless copy of your application, that you have to carry. Legally, invalidated license + yellow paper makes legal ID, but TSA agents, especially not in Minnesota, probably won't think kindly of it. Which is why I waited until they day after my return from FL to go in for my renewal. Silly bureaucracy!

And, I got one of those chairs at my reunion two years ago. I was all set to ditch it, but then found that it actually fit reasonably well in the big duffle bag I often use for longer trips. (In addition to reunion, I spent 3 nights up in the Adirondacks, and 2 nights in Buffalo...)

Happy travels in SF!
belmikey From: belmikey Date: June 8th, 2009 10:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I had no problems last time I traveled on an expired MN license + yellow sheet...except when renting a car in California! THEY were confused!

(Actually, I may have just used my passport as airport ID to circumvent the issue, but of course, that wouldn't have been enough for renting a car).
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