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TSA Implementing REAL ID Act

Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

In January 2018, The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), in accordance with the REAL ID Act passed by Congress in 2005, will no longer accept driver’s licenses from certain states as valid identification to board a flight.

Licenses from nine states — Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington — that don’t meet acceptable security standards will no longer be accepted by TSA screening officers. Those residents may need to use a passport or some other government-approved identification unless their driver’s licenses are changed by January. Other states have been granted extensions while they prepare to comply with the requirement.

Keep on top of this story as you plan to fly in the new year. If your state’s license isn’t improved by then, make sure you have your passport or other government-approved identification to get you through the boarding process.

Find out more at https://www.tsa.gov/sites/default/files/resources/realid_factsheet.pdf