REAL ID Required to Board Aircraft in 2016 Delayed
Back in October, we warned that your driver’s license must be REAL ID compliant in order to board an aircraft in 2016. Because a number of states were not going to be compliant by the deadline, the Department of Homeland Security has delayed the required compliance until 2018.
At present, 23 states are fully compliant with the REAL ID Act, and the Department has used its authority to grant states extensions when they demonstrate steps toward compliance. Thus, 27 states and territories have been granted extensions for a period of time to become compliant. Six states and territories – Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Washington, and American Samoa – are non-compliant and do not currently have extensions.
Here’s a graphic to help you understand whether your state is compliant or not..
Important: Right now, no individual needs to adjust travel plans, or rush out to get a new driver’s license or a passport for domestic air travel. Until January 22, 2018, residents of all states will still be able to use a state-issued driver’s license or identification card for domestic air travel. Passengers can also continue to use any of the various other forms of identification accepted by TSA (such as a Passport or Passport Card, Global Entry card, U.S. military ID, airline or airport-issued ID, federally recognized tribal-issued photo ID).
Travelers are encouraged to check the REAL ID compliance status of their state on the DHS website and review TSA’s list of acceptable forms of identification. Travelers may also check with their state’s driver’s licensing agency about how to acquire a REAL ID compliant license.
To read the full statement By Secretary Jeh C. Johnson on the final phase Of REAL ID Act implementation, click here.
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