Flyers in Five States Given Reprieve on Using Driver’s Licenses for ID at Airports

By Paul Riegler on 9 January 2016
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DSC_1509 (1)The Department of Homeland Security gave states that are not yet in compliance with federal standards for require driver’s licenses a two-year reprieve. The move means that residents of these states will be able to continue to use their driver’s licenses as identification at airport security checkpoints.

Five states and one U.S. territory, namely Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, and Washington as well as American Samoa, are not in compliance with the Real ID Act of 2005.

The Real ID Act, which passed Congress in 2005, includes a set of recommendations that states are asked to follow in issuing a driver’s license including asking for more stringent proof of identity, a social security number and proof of immigration status. The federal government cannot force states to comply with the new standards but it does have ways of gaining compliance in other ways.

The department said that 23 states that issue licenses that are in compliance and 27 states and territories, while not fully compliant, have made sufficient progress so as to earn an extension. Four states are currently being reviewed for an extension.

Some states, including Louisiana and New Hampshire, have passed laws that bar motor vehicle departments from complying with the Real ID Act, citing privacy concerns.

To be deemed compliant, a state must include anti-counterfeit technology on its driver’s licenses, verify an individual’s identity, and conduct background checks for state employees involved in the issuance of drivers licenses.

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