Went to Florida today for a conference. As I was going through security, the TSA agent told me “I hope you are coming back before Friday.” I’m like, “Er, no, Sunday… Why?”
So she proceeds to tell me my drivers license expires on Friday and I won’t be able to use it to come back after that.
YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME.
So I say I’ll worry about it Sunday and she says “Fine, don’t say I never warned you.”
While waiting for my flight I do some googling for info and find a few horror stories about TSA and expired drivers licenses.
Gessh… a few other accounts told about how doing this can land you on the TSA watch list too, even after you get your license renewed.
Fortunately, I have a valid passport back home and a understanding wife who is going to send it to me here.
Now I just have to pray the passport doesn’t get lost.
Update July 2008: Since writing this I’ve found out that TSA will let you board a flight without ID or expired ID but you have to fully cooperate with their attempts to verify your identity. They will use some sort of national database with information about you and ask you a series of questions to determine if you are really you. So be prepared to know all sorts of information like your former addresses. What they ask can change for each incident and person. Wired has an article with more info about this.