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Nov/Dec 2017 Issue

REAL ID deadlines loom for travelers

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 Arkansas and Mississippi, were in compliance with the act. Louisiana was not in compliance, and, along with other non-compliant states, has 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 Louisiana’s status, visit dhs.gov/real-id.

AAA can provide travelers applying for a U.S. passport with passport photos. Visit your nearest AAA Travel office for details.

wreath

 


 

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