(NEW YORK) — Beginning in 2018, your driver’s license may not get you through airport security anymore.
Starting on Jan. 22, 2018, passengers with driver’s licenses issued by a state not in compliance with or under an extension of a 2005 law designed to prevent ID fraud will have to show an alternate means of identification. The REAL ID Act requires states to certify the license applicant’s identity, conduct background checks on workers involved in the license’s issuance, and incorporate anti-counterfeiting technology into the ID card.
The Department of Homeland Security announced the January deadline on Friday.
Five states — Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico and Washington — are currently not under an extension of the act and are not yet compliant. Only 23 states are compliant with the act, while the others are under an extension.
“Given today’s threat environment, this requirement is as relevant now as it was when the 9/11 Commission recommended it,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement, adding, “right now, no individual needs to adjust travel plans, or rush out to get a new driver’s license or a passport for domestic air travel.”
Beginning in October 2020, every passenger will need either a REAL ID compliant driver’s license or an alternate form of ID to get through airport security.
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