Warning: No REAL ID, No Boarding Planes in 5 States
As we’ve shared with you in past articles, there has been a battle with a number of states and the TSA over acceptable ID at airport security checkpoints.
Well, it seems that 5 states remain non-compliant and as of January 22, 2017, the residents of these 5 state will no longer be able to use their state-issued driver’s licenses as identification to board aircraft in the U.S.
As of January 22, residents of Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, and Washington may not use your state-issued driver’s license or ID for domestic air travel.
Further, there are a whole slew of states who do not meet the Federal standards and have been granted extensions until later in the year; some in June, some in October.
Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards and prohibits federal agencies, like TSA, from accepting licenses and identification cards for official purposes from states that do not meet these standards.
What to do if your state is non-compliant, or about to become non-compliant? You’re going to need a passport to fly both domestically and internationally.
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