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January 20, 2017


According to a recent article from USA Today, “Signs are sprouting up at many airports to alert travelers that beginning Jan. 22, 2018, the Transportation Security Administration will begin strict enforcement of the REAL ID requirements at airport security checkpoints.

That means that, a year from now, passengers presenting a driver’s license or identification card from a state where those documents don’t meet the Real ID Act’s minimum security standards – and where extensions to meet those requirements have not been granted – may be turned away.

The Department of Homeland Security, which is charged with enforcing the READ ID Act for air travel (and already does so for federal facilities and nuclear power plants), said in a statement that it continues working with states to “encourage compliance” and that TSA will update the signs in airports “if  and when states that are currently listed receive extensions.”

Enacted by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act established minimum security standards for state-issued IDs and requires them to include a person’s full legal names, birth date, gender, address, signature, an ID number, a photo and a security feature such as a bar code or a hologram.”

It’s noted that “TSA will continue to accept alternate forms of ID at airports, such as a passport, military ID or permanent resident card. But next year, driver’s licenses and state-issued ID cards from the nine states that don’t yet have Real ID-compliant driver’s licenses and IDs – Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Washington – won’t be accepted.”

Read the rest of the article here, and ensure you have valid identification before your next flight!

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