Passports, Visas,
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Update on the REAL ID Act

Updated October 15, 2015

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has granted New York State a one-year REAL ID extension.

According to The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), during this extension period, any New Yorker with a standard driver license or non-driver ID will be able to board an airplane or enter a federal building without secondary identification.

The DMV continues to work with DHS to ensure all New York State licenses and non-driver IDs remain acceptable for REAL ID purposes. DMV continues to offer the option of getting an “Enhanced Driver’s License,” or EDL, which is fully acceptable for REAL ID purposes but costs more than standard IDs. However, the EDL serves more purposes, such as entry to the U.S. at land and sea borders.

For information on the REAL ID Act please visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website.

For information on getting an Enhanced Driver’s License, please visit the New York Department of Motor Vehicles website.

AAA Provides Passport Photos

Your local AAA Travel Center can provide passport photos, answer questions, assist with travel documents, and provide a printed passport application. Passport photos are $8.95 for AAA Members and $10.00 for non-members.

AAA Locations

Important Links

Passport & Visa Information

Passport and Visa information for both U.S. and foreign citizens
U.S. Department of State

Apply for a Passport

Learn how to get a passport, apply for a passport, detailed instructions, application status, passport fees and USPS locations
United States Postal Service

Expedited Passports

Expedited passport service offered by AAA

Travel Warnings & Alerts

Travel warnings, alerts and country specific travel information
U.S. Department of State

Enhanced Driver’s Licenses (EDL)

New York State Enhanced Driver’s License

Enhanced Driver’s Licenses (EDL) are available to drivers who can show proof of New York State residency and US citizenship. Enhanced non-driver photo identification cards are also available.*
New York State Department of Motor Vehicles

*AAA recommends a U.S. passport as the most effective and cost-efficient identification document for international travel.

NEXUS – Trusted Traveler Program

The Fastest Way to Cross the US–Canadian Border

NEXUS is a Trusted Traveler Program designed to expedite the border clearance process for low-risk, pre-approved U.S. and Canadian citizens. The program offers dedicated Customs processing lanes at designated US–Canadian bridge and land border crossings, as well as special kiosks at Canadian Preclearance airports, and other available marine reporting locations. The program is quite popular with frequent border travelers and families who vacation in both countries. Over 650,000 citizens are currently enrolled in the program. The cost of membership is just $50 for five years of eligibility, and children under 18 years old may participate for free.
Visit NEXUS Niagara for more information & enrollment

International Driving Permit

Before you travel the world, visit your local AAA for your International Driving Permit. To apply, simply print the application, fill in the information requested, and bring the following to the AAA branch nearest you.

What you’ll need:

Contact AAA for details, restrictions & qualifications


What travel benefits do I receive with my AAA membership?

AAA’s exclusive relationship with preferred cruise, car and tour suppliers provide value-added features for AAA Members. Ask your AAA Travel Consultant for details on special member benefits available through our preferred cruise, tour, hotel and car partners.

Walt Disney World - How can AAA help me plan a trip?

AAA makes Disney vacations easy and affordable. Click for more information.

Can I purchase travel insurance for a vacation package that was not booked through AAA?

Yes, please call any AAA Travel Consultant or (800) 937-1222.

Where can I find the latest information on travel advisories?

A listing of all current travel advisories can be found at