Traveling domestically in 2018? Make sure you have the right credentials!

By now, you’ve probably heard of the REAL ID Act. Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act establishes “minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for official purposes licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards,” according to the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

So what does this mean for domestic air travel in 2018?

Well, it means if you possess a state-issued driver’s license or identification card that is not REAL ID compliant and your state has not been granted an extension by DHS, you will not be allowed to use that form of identification for domestic air travel effective January 22, 2018. You will be required to present an alternative form of TSA Acceptable Identification.

Beginning October 1, 2020, all travelers will be required to present state-issued REAL ID compliant identification or another form of TSA Acceptable Identification for domestic air travel.

How do I know if my state is compliant?

To check if your state is REAL ID compliant, visit https://www.dhs.gov/real-id.

My state is listed as COMPLIANT. I should be okay, right?

If your state is listed as compliant, check your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website or contact your state’s DMV office to make sure your current issued driver’s license or identification card is a REAL ID compliant card.

Your state’s DMV office will likely issue REAL ID compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards when your current card is renewed or replaced (which will require a trip to the DMV to present certain documents). As such, your current card may not be REAL ID compliant. If your current card is not REAL ID compliant, your state’s DMV website or office will be able to provide you with the information necessary to apply for a REAL ID compliant card.

My state is listed as EXTENSION. What does that mean?

If your state has been granted an extension by DHS, you will be able to continue using your current state-issued driver’s license or identification card for domestic air travel until October 10, 2018. Note that states must re-apply for extensions and DHS grants extensions only on an annual basis. Check your state’s DMV website or with your state’s DMV office for updates on when REAL ID compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards will become available.

My state is listed as UNDER REVIEW. What does that mean?

If your state is listed as UNDER REVIEW, it means DHS is reviewing your state’s request for an extension for extensions that expired on October 10, 2017. In the meantime, you can continue using your current state-issued driver’s license or identification card for domestic air travel until January 22, 2018. Check back on the DHS website and your state’s DMV website for further updates.

I have a state-issued Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) or Enhanced Identification Card (ENDID). Will this be acceptable for domestic air travel or will I need to get a REAL ID compliant card?

A state-issued Enhanced Driver’s License or Enhanced Identification card are “designated as acceptable border-crossing documents by DHS under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative,”  according to DHS and are considered TSA Acceptable Identification for domestic air travel.

Is it me or does REAL ID compliance seem complicated?

Unfortunately, it does seem complicated and there’s a lot of information (and at times confusing information) out there. The best thing to do is stay informed! If your state is not yet compliant, check back on the DHS website and your state’s DMV website for the latest updates. If your state is compliant, just make sure your state issued driver’s license or identification card is REAL ID compliant before you use it for domestic air travel. If you can’t get clear information from your state’s DMV website, contact or visit your state’s DMV office.

Additional Resources:

REAL ID Frequently Asked Questions for the Public

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‘Tis the season . . . Z100 New York & iHeartRadio announce 2017 Jingle Ball line-up

A little over two decades ago, Z100 – New York’s #1 Hit Music Station started what has become one of iHeartRadio’s biggest music events of the year – Jingle Ball. The annual holiday music event features some of the biggest names in music performing their hit songs. Jingle Ball has gone from a Z100 New York annual holiday music event to an iHeartRadio national multi-city Jingle Ball tour. The 2017 Jingle Ball tour will take place across twelve cities.

Earlier this evening, Z100 New York announced this year’s line-up for Z100’s 2017 Jingle Ball presented by Capital One in NYC. The line-up includes: Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, The Chainsmokers, Sam Smith, Halsey, Fall Out Boy, Demi Lovato, Logic, Charlie Puth, Niall Horan, Camila Cabello, Liam Payne, Julia Michaels and Why Don’t We. Z100’s iHeartRadio sister stations part of the 2017 Jingle Ball Tour announced their respective line-ups as well. 

Z100’s 2017 Jingle Ball presented by Capital One will take place on Friday, December 8th at Madison Square Garden.

Capital One cardholder pre-sale kicks off tomorrow, October 11th at 10am ET and public on-sale kicks off on Monday, October 16th at 12pm ET.

For more information on Z100’s 2017 Jingle Ball, click here. For a complete list of all cities part of the iHeartRadio 2017 Jingle Ball Tour & their respective line-up as well as how to purchase Jingle Ball tickets, click here.

Starbucks’ Iced Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte

While the weather in the Northeast feels more like Summer than Fall, it’s October and that means fall foliage, pumpkins, Halloween and all things pumpkin spice.

If you’re in the mood for something cool and refreshing that blends Summer & Fall with a delightful spiced kick then try Starbucks’ Iced Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte. By the way, Starbucks is NOT a sponsor of this post.

Venti Iced Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte

The Iced Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte is a modification of the existing Iced Lightly Sweet Chai Tea Latte with the addition of pumpkin spice sauce and pumpkin spice topping. Of course, you do have the option to customize the drink.

The base version of the drink comes in a size Grande with regular ice, four pumps of Lightly Sweet Chai, four pumps of pumpkin sauce, regular pumpkin spice topping and 2% milk. Calories: 270. All these ingredients can be customized when placing an order.

If you use the Starbucks app, you can find all the ingredients, customizable options and nutritional facts for this drink by launching the app and going to Order | Menu | Cold Teavana Teas and looking up the Iced Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte.

If you take advantage of Starbucks’ mobile ordering, you can customize the order when placing your mobile order.

Missed the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Festival? Catch it on the CW!

The 2017 iHeartRadio Music Festival, a two-night music festival featuring some of the biggest names in music, took place last month (Sept. 22nd & 23rd) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

This year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival featured artists including: Coldplay, The Weeknd, DJ Khaled, Miley Cyrus, Lorde, Kings of Leon, Big Sean, P!NK, Chris Stapleton, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Niall Horan, David Guetta, Thomas Rhett, Harry Styles and Kesha with featured Special Guest Collaborators: Macklemore, Khalid, Bleachers, Bebe Rexha and Louis Tomlinson.

If you missed or want to relive moments from the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Festival, you’ll have an opportunity to catch the television broadcast this week. The CW will air some of the biggest moments and performances from this year’s two-night festival on Wednesday, October 4th and Thursday, October 5th from 8pm to 10pm ET/PT.

To find your local CW station, visit the link below:

http://www.cwtv.com/thecw/stations

2017 iHeartRadio Music Festival & Daytime Village in Las Vegas

The 2017 iHeartRadio Music Festival takes place this Friday, Sept. 22nd and Saturday, Sept. 23rd at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The two-day music festival, which started back in 2011, brings together some of the biggest names in music under one roof for two nights of incredible music and performances.

This year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival features artists including: Coldplay, The Weeknd, DJ Khaled, Miley Cyrus, Lorde, Kings of Leon, Big Sean, P!NK, Chris Stapleton, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Niall Horan, David Guetta, Thomas Rhett, Harry Styles and Kesha. Macklemore, Khalid, Bleachers, Bebe Rexha and Louis Tomlinson have been announced as Special Guest Collaborators. The event will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Z100’s Elvis Duran.

In addition, the 2017 iHeartRadio Daytime Village, which became a part of the iHeartRadio Music Festival in 2013, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 23rd in Las Vegas Village. The iHeartRadio Daytime Village will feature artists including: Migos, Halsey, Flume, Little Mix, French Montana, Niall Horan, Bleachers, Kelsea Ballerini, Judah & The Lion, Bebe Rexha, Noah Cyrus, Hey Violet, Cheat Codes, All Time Low, Khalid and Julia Michaels.

If you aren’t attending the event, you can catch a live stream of the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Festival on Friday and Saturday starting at 7pm PT / 10pm ET at CWTV.com or on The CW app. You can listen to the event live on select iHeartRadio stations.

The 2017 iHeartRadio Daytime Village will live stream on Saturday starting at 11am PT / 2pm ET at CWTV.com or via The CW app.

For more information on the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Festival and 2017 iHeartRadio Daytime Village, check out the links below:

iHeartRadio Music Festival 

http://news.iheart.com/featured/iheartradio-music-festival/

iHeartRadio Daytime Village 

http://news.iheart.com/featured/iheartradio-daytime-village/

The 91st Annual Feast of San Gennaro – Little Italy (NYC)

The Annual Feast of San Gennaro is back!

Now in its 91st year, the annual event runs daily from Thursday, Sept. 14th thru Sunday, Sept. 24th in NYC’s Little Italy. The 11-day event is an annual celebration and salute to the protector and Patron Saint of Naples, San Gennaro. The 91st Annual Feast of San Gennaro is presented by the non-profit organization, Figli di San Gennaro, Inc. and has become a well-known and popular annual event in New York City attracting over a million visitors.

The event features a grand procession with floats and marching bands, a variety of food vendors and drink stations offering selections including sausage & pepper sandwiches, ribeye steak sandwiches, pizza, pasta, fresh seafood, arepas, fresh grilled corn, zeppoles, funnel cakes, cannolis, fresh lemonade, iced tea, sodas, frozen drinks & more, sit-down indoor/outdoor Italian restaurant dining, beer gardens offering beer, wine & spirits, live music & entertainment, contests & activities, shopping and more.

If you’re in the NYC area, make a stop into Little Italy and check out the 91st Annual Feast of San Gennaro. The event runs along Mulberry Street between Canal Street & Houston Street in Manhattan.

To learn more about the annual event, its history, hours of operation and daily schedule of events, visit the link below:

https://www.sangennaro.org/

9/11 Anniversary – Honor, Remember & Never Forget!

Today marks a somber day, the sixteenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks. We all have our own personal stories of that tragic day – September 11, 2001 – where we were, what we were doing, how we learned of the news, how we were feeling, what we were thinking and what our reactions were. The images of the events of that tragic day are engrained in our memories.

In NYC, I can recall seeing the black and gray smoke billowing out of the Twin Towers and smelling the burning odor from the site which carried in the air for miles and remained for weeks and months after 9/11. I recall the news reports and live feeds of the Twin Towers and 7 World Trade Center collapsing. What was once the Twin Towers and WTC complex, a place I frequently visited, would eventually become “Ground Zero.” A heartbreaking sight to say the least.

While we have demonstrated our resilience, resolve and perseverance in the face of extreme adversity, we cannot . . . we must not forget, first and foremost, all those who lost their lives, rather, all those whose lives were taken away because of the tragic events of 9/11. We must remember and honor the memory of each one of those individuals and keep their families in our thoughts.

We must also remember and honor the first responders and all those individuals who risked their lives and put themselves in harm’s way in the rescue and recovery operations during and after 9/11. Some of those individuals paid a hefty price while others paid the ultimate price for their selfless act.

Today, we come together to honor, remember and reaffirm that we will never forget!