Twenty Five States Have Failed to Comply with REAL ID Act

Sep 7, 2017

Starting in January of next year state issued IDs such as drivers’ licenses may not be sufficient to get people on an airplane. The Department of Homeland Security began implementing the act in 2005 that requires certain enhancements on licenses to bring them in compliance. At this time only 25 states have complied, and most of them are in the South and Midwest.

The other 25 states have gotten an extension, but some may not get into compliance before the deadline. Residents of those states will need some other form of identification such as a passport or special passport cards issued by the U.S. State Department. These must be obtained in advance of any planned flights next year from non-compliant states.