Air Travel & the Real ID Act
Provided by Rob Taylor
Did you know that depending on where you live, you may need a passport to board a domestic flight in 2018?
The Real ID Act is being fully implemented on January 22. At that moment, residents of some states may need either a passport or a federal ID card to get on a plane. Why? Those states have not yet created state ID cards or driver’s licenses compliant with the Real ID Act’s standards.1
At this writing, here are the states where you may need a passport or a federal ID card to fly as of January 22:
Illinois | Louisiana | Michigan | Missouri | New York | Rhode Island1
Other states have been given an extension through October 10:
Alaska | California | Idaho | Kentucky | Maine | Massachusetts | Minnesota | Montana | New Hampshire | New Jersey | Oklahoma | Oregon | Pennsylvania | South Carolina | Virginia | Washington1
North Dakota has been given an extension through 2020.1
Some non-compliant states are quickly moving to issue state ID cards that are compliant to their residents. Regardless, it might be wise to carry a passport with you as you travel domestically in 2018.
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Citations. 1 - travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/real-id-airport-rules-for-every-state [10/25/17]