FAQs & Travel Tips
Tips and tricks for a smooth journey at PSP.
Before you get to PSP
Check the status of your flight through your airline or on our website.
Plan to arrive at the airport at least two hours before departure to give yourself ample time to check in, check bags, and go through security.
Follow the 3-1-1 rule when packing your carry-on to ensure a smooth security screening.
At the Airport
If you’re traveling with children, be sure to thoroughly check their bags for liquids or toys that may alert security agents. Children under the age of 18 do not need a government-issued identification card to get through security. Children under the age of 12 do not need to remove their shoes when going through security.
If you’re traveling with a pet, they must be leashed and in an airline-approved carrier while in the airport, unless it is a service animal. Check with your airline for specific policies about flying with your pet.
You can use the following forms of identification for domestic travel at Palm Springs International Airport:
- Driver’s License (Real ID-compliant)
- U.S. Passport
- U.S. Passport Card
- Global Entry, NEXUS, or SENTRI Card
- U.S. Military ID
- Permanent Resident Card
- HSPD-12 PIV Card
Learn more: Visit the TSA’s website for the full list of accepted identification documents: TSA Accepted IDs
No, you do not need a passport for domestic flights within the United States. However, a valid U.S. passport is required for international travel from Palm Springs Airport.
Learn more: Find detailed passport information and application instructions on the U.S. Department of State’s official website: U.S. Department of State – Passports
Real ID is a set of enhanced security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards. Starting on May 7, 2025, all U.S. travelers will need a Real ID to board domestic flights and enter certain federal facilities. Check with your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles to ensure your license meets these requirements.
Learn more: Understand the Real ID Act and its implications on the TSA’s Real ID page: TSA Real ID
Yes, the U.S. Passport Card can be used for international travel to certain destinations, including Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. However, it is not valid for air travel to other international locations.
Learn more: Get detailed information on U.S. Passport Cards and their uses from the U.S. Department of State: U.S. Passport Card
If you’ve lost your identification before your flight, remain calm. Contact the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) or visit their website for guidance on what to do in such situations. They will provide instructions on how you can still be screened and allowed to travel.
No, work IDs and student IDs are not acceptable forms of identification for air travel. You must present one of the TSA-approved identification documents listed above.
Learn more: Discover the full list of accepted and unaccepted identification types on the TSA’s website: TSA Accepted IDs
Frequently Asked Questions
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