Travelers from nine states will require more than their driver’s licenses starting January 22nd, 2018.
Travelers from Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington will all now require alternative forms of identification, like a passport or military ID, to pass through TSA security checkpoints. A passport, permanent resident card, or a military ID will all work as an alternative.
The nine states fail to meet the standards set by the REAL ID Act of 2005. The REAL ID Act of 2005 sets requirements for state driver’s licenses, and ID cards to be accepted by federal agencies like the TSA.
The security measures set forth by the REAL ID Act of 2005 require states to have driver’s licenses that “verify every ID applicant’s identity, put anti-counterfeit technology in the production of the card and conduct background checks on those who issue driver’s licenses.” Of the nine state some of them may be rewarded an extension if they change their ID process.
Only 24 states, and Washington D.C., are in compliance with the REAL ID Act of 2005, and many of these states have already been given extensions, but by 2020 all states will be required to have compliance with the act.