by By Jennifer Nicole Dienst | March 01, 2009


It's a quandary that most travelers likely will encounter at some point: You've lost your driver's license, you're flying the next day and you don't have another form of identification. What to do? M&C asked representatives from the Transportation Security Administration and a major U.S. airline to explain how best to proceed.

Go to the cops. If your ID has been stolen, file a police report and bring a copy of it to the airport.

Get there early. You can fly without an ID but, according to the TSA, you "may be subjected to additional screening protocols, including enhanced physical screening, enhanced baggage screening, interviews with behavior detection or law enforcement officers and other measures." In other words, leave plenty of extra time.

Print and smile. If you already have your boarding pass or are able to obtain it from an airline kiosk, that will help matters. Other pluses: being a frequent flyer and being exceedingly cooperative.

Be prepared.
The better policy is to make a photocopy of your license and keep it in the bottom of your suitcase, or scan it to your e-mail.