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Starting January 22, 2018, driver’s licenses issued by a hand full of states will no longer be acceptable at any TSA checkpoints. So if you’re a resident of Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, or Washington you’ll need to make sure that you have a valid passport or another form of valid ID if you’re flying anywhere domestically! Currently the driver’s licenses in these states fail to meet the federal government’s minimum-security standards under the Real ID Act that was passed in 2005.
Although there is some confusion surrounding when and how the Act will be completely enforced, the TSA is taking advantage of the heavily trafficked holiday season to post notices to inform travelers of the impending changes. Signs were seen in both Chicago’s O’Hare Airport and in Minneapolis-St. Paul International just last week.
The Real ID Act was originally passed by congress with the ultimate objective of making fake IDs more difficult to obtain. States were to comply by incorporating anti-counterfeit technology, doing background checks on those individuals issuing licenses, and other security parameters into their ID practices. Currently only 24 states plus D.C. meet all the standards set by the Act, but extensions have been issued through October of next year to revamp their existing practices.
Acceptable forms of identification include U.S. Passports, military identification, and U.S. issued permanent resident cards.
Currently, only the nine above have not complied with any changes. The TSA has stated that it could grant additional extensions if they choose to do so, but as of today none of the aforementioned states have done so.
Stay tuned. We’ll continue to keep you up to date on what’s going on in these nine states, and in yours as well. If you have any questions, we would love to hear from you. Simply let Point Savvy know what you think.
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