The following travel alert has been created for the benefit of the valued clients, employees, and friends of Krieg DeVault:
Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the federal government set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver's licenses. The REAL ID Act therefore established minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards.
Under the REAL ID Act, beginning January 22, 2018, all airline passengers traveling domestically with a driver’s license issued by a state that:
1.) is not in compliance with the REAL ID Act; and
2.) has not been granted an extension by January 22, 2018;
will need to show an alternative form of acceptable identification for domestic air travel to board their flight. Passengers from those states that are in compliance with the REAL ID Act or that have been granted an extension may continue to present their state driver’s license to travel domestically. For a complete list of those states that are compliant with the REAL ID Act or have been granted an extension, please click here.
Indiana is in compliance with the REAL ID Act. Accordingly, Indiana driver’s licenses meet the qualifications for airline passengers traveling domestically, and nothing further is required.
At this time, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, and Montana are the only states that are not in compliance with the REAL ID Act and that have not been granted an extension. Beginning January 22, 2018, airline passengers with a driver’s license issued by those states (ME, MN, MO, and MT) will need to show an alternative form of acceptable identification for domestic air travel. For a full list of acceptable identification, please click here. Again, passengers who have licenses issued by a state that is in compliance or that has an extension to become compliant with REAL ID requirements may continue to use their licenses as usual.
Then starting October 1, 2020, every air traveler, including those passengers from states that have been granted an extension or are not yet compliant, will need a REAL ID-compliant license or another acceptable form of identification based on the above list for domestic air travel.
Please note, the REAL ID Act does not apply to the following:
Accessing health or life preserving services (including hospitals and health clinics), law enforcement, or constitutionally protected activities (including a defendant’s access to court proceedings).
Please contact Laura A. Brown for additional information.