REAL ID deadlines loom
The REAL ID Act that Congress passed in 2005 established standards for driver’s license issuance. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is prohibited from accepting for domestic air travel driver’s licenses that do not meet the act’s standards.
As of our press deadline, 26 states, including Indiana and Kansas, were in compliance with the act. Illinois and Missouri were not in compliance, and, along with other non-compliant states, have to show progress toward compliance by Jan. 22, 2018.
If states demonstrate that, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) likely will grant non-compliant states another extension toward meeting the final DHS requirements by Oct. 1, 2020, which is when every air traveler will need a REAL ID compliant license or another acceptable form of identification for domestic travel, such as a valid passport.
For states with extensions that expired Oct. 10, 2017, residents can expect a short grace period from enforcement until Jan. 22, 2018.
To check on Illinois and Missouri status, visit dhs.gov/real-id.
AAA can provide travelers applying for a U.S. passport with passport photos. Visit your nearest AAA.com/travel office for details.
Free Travel Events
Trust AAA Travel to create a memorable vacation for you and your family. Hear about exciting destinations, member offers and benefits at these free public events featuring Rocky Mountaineer and Trafalgar.
Please RSVP to offices listed at right.
• Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m., Best Western State Fair Inn, 3120 S. Limit Ave., Sedalia, Mo. RSVP (660) 826-1800, Ext. 100
• Thursday, Nov. 2, at 6:30 p.m., Executive Conference Center, 910 W. Battlefield Road, Springfield, Mo. RSVP (417) 882-8040, Ext. 146
• Monday, Nov. 6, at 6:30 p.m., Bass Pro Shop Conservation Room, 18001 Bass Pro Drive, Independence, Mo. RSVP (816) 623-3369, Ext. 119
• Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 6:30 p.m., Bass Pro Shop, 12051 Bass Pro Drive, Olathe, Kan. RSVP (913) 248-1627, Ext. 102
• Wednesday, Nov. 8, 6:30 p.m., AAA Tiffany Springs, 9194 N. Skyview Ave. RSVP (816) 455-4900, Ext. 119
• Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 6:30 p.m., Kahokian Memorial VFW Post 5691, 1234 Vandalia St., Collinsville, Ill. RSVP (618) 235-5700, Ext. 101 or (618) 659-4627, Ext. 121
• Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 6:30 p.m., St. Louis Mega event, Holiday Inn St. Louis Southwest-Route 66, 10709 Watson Road, St. Louis, Mo. RSVP (314) 523-7350, Ext. 6517
• Thursday, Nov. 9, at 6:30 p.m., St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre, 1 St. Peters Centre Blvd., St. Peters, Mo. RSVP (636) 279-2299, Ext. 119
Travel smart on Thanksgiving weekend
Let’s talk turkey about traveling over Thanksgiving weekend – this year Thursday, Nov. 23 through Sunday, Nov. 26.
AAA last year estimated nearly 48 million Americans traveled 50 miles or more from home during Thanksgiving. The majority (43.5 million) were on the road, although nearly 3.7 million took a plane to their holiday destination.
This year’s Thanksgiving weekend promises to also be robust, but with a little common sense and planning, you can make the trip go as smooth as grandma’s whipped potatoes.
• If you’re flying, get to the airport at least two hours before your scheduled departure.
• You’ll avoid a good deal of traffic congestion if you can drive the interstates during off-peak hours. Wednesday and Sunday will be busier times on the roads, so plan accordingly.
• Never drive if you’re drowsy.
Download the AAA Mobile app before your trip. It can help you plan a route, find the lowest gas prices or a hotel and much more. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile.