SAN TSA asked for DL

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  1. ella
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    I have been using my Global Entry card as ID at TSA checkpoints. Yesterday at SAN Terminal 1 I handed ID checker my GE card and boarding pass. He looks at it and said "What is this for?" I told him it was my ID so that I could clear security. He then asked for driver's license. Told him I didn't have it with me, but figured an ID issued by DHS would be acceptable. He clearly was not happy with me, but let me go with no further comment.
     
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    TSA really does deserve a 5 Diamond award.




    Out of ninety million diamonds.
     
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    They didn't like my GE card when I had forgotten my passport card at home once. Asked me for a credit card of all things. I then realized my GE has my middle name fully spelled out, unlike my passport/passport card/DL/all airline tickets. I use my passport card exclusively now whenever asked for ID at TSA, never had an issue even at really small airports like GCK (though I do get a number of comments about how few of the passport cards that agents see, particularly at smaller airports). That does tell me that they are at least all trained on it as a general rule.
     
  4. YULtide

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    I've always wondered what people who don't drive do about id.
     
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    Actually, 5 lumps of coal would be more fitting ;)
     
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    The TSA doesn't recognize or acknowledge the authority of ICE. I guess they hate the fact that there is a different division of DHS that is actually competent, intelligent and skillful.
     
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    But to avoid getting stroked not so gently you need to stroke their ego.
     
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  8. goalie
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    Sadly, this is true
     
  9. PhotoJim

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    Some jurisdictions (like mine - Saskatchewan) will let you get a card nearly identical to a driver's license, but lacking the driver's license class that allows you to drive.
     
  10. sfo1
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    Do not the states have an official govenment issued ID card for those that do not drive?
     
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    Yes, they have non-driver ID.
     
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    That's what I thought, so there should be no problem for someone using that at TSA checkpoint.
     
  13. ella
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    I started using GE as my ID when I went through Moline and had way too much time so thought I'd test their awareness. Did it for my entertainment, and it worked because the ID checker had to call over a supervisor because he had never seen a GE card before.

    Since then I've been using it or my passport as ID since neither has home address on them.
     
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