31 January 2018

Passports may be necessary for some flights within the United States

If certain states do not upgrade their IDs to meet federal requirements.
The nine states are Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington. Each of these states does not currently issue a state ID that lives up to federal ID minimum security requirements, according to the REAL ID Act of 2005. That means these states have about three months to make changes to their state IDs or drivers licenses so that they meet federal government standards. Otherwise, you'll need to apply for or renew a passport—or at the very least, find yours, wherever you stashed it after the last trip—before passing TSA and getting on a commercial airplane to another U.S. city. Other forms of ID that will work are permanent resident cards (green cards) or military IDs.
This story was posted in October and the deadline was in January, which has already passed.  Does anyone know how it was resolved?


  1. Missouri passed laws explicitly forbidding the development of the databases required to comply with the REAL ID ACT several years ago.

    Bluff called the legislature is trying to figure out how to backtrack that legislation and was provided a waiver until Oct/2018 to comply.

  2. Kentucky received a 1 year extension.


    I would imagine all of them either received the same or we'd be hearing a lot about it. If that failed to happened in any State, pretty much every politician would be out of a job in that state.

  3. They've been issuing waivers for the last what, 8 years? I don't expect that this will ever actually happen because then the constitutionality of the requirement could be challenged.

  4. Here's an update dated February 1, 2018 in the Chicago Tribune:


    In a nutshell, here's a quote from the article:

    "The federal government will stop accepting noncompliant licenses as ID for domestic flights on Oct. 1, 2020."

  5. As a resident of Washington, I'm dropping by to say that the reason for the "noncompliance" is because Washington state allows people to get an ID even if their immigration status is somewhat uncertain. The federal government has been pushing against it because they want to be able to easily target immigrants. I'm not sure the current state of the issue, but I think it's important to mention why this is happening.

  6. (also from WA) ... the Real ID costs $30 more. http://www.king5.com/article/news/local/washington-gets-real-id-extension-through-2020/281-508701385

  7. Oh, the great American government system of checks-and-balances not being able to figure something easy like this out in 13 years.


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