Missouri Receives Extension to Rollout REAL ID

Missouri has an extension for REAL ID enforcement, allowing Federal agencies to accept driver’s licenses and identification cards from Missouri at Federal facilities, nuclear power plants and federally regulated commercial aircraft until August 1, 2019. Secure driver’s licenses and identification documents are a vital component of a holistic national security strategy. Law enforcement must be able to rely on government-issued identification documents and know that the bearer of such a document is who he or she claims to be. REAL ID is a coordinated effort by the states and the Federal Government to improve the reliability and accuracy of state-issued identification documents, which should inhibit terrorists’ ability to evade detection by using fraudulent identification.

Pennsylvania is under a REAL ID enforcement extension until October 10, 2018.

Pennsylvania residents will not face access issues when entering federal facilities or boarding commercial aircraft through at least that date. The REAL ID Act, passed by the U.S. Congress in 2005, requires changes to state standards, procedures and requirements for the issuance of driver’s licenses and identification cards, if they are to be accepted as identity documents by the federal government. On May 26, 2017, Gov. Wolf signed SB 133 (Act 3 of 2017), which will allow Pennsylvania to issue REAL ID-compliant driver licenses and identification cards, which can be used to access airports and federal facilities. PennDOT will continue to request extensions from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security until REAL ID products are available for residents. Under Act 3, no Pennsylvania resident will be required to get a REAL ID-compliant driver license or identification card, but residents who choose to do so will be able to use those Read More

Washington State Complies with REAL ID Act

The Department of Homeland Security has determined that Washington State is fully compliant with federal REAL ID requirements, which means standard driver licenses and ID cards will continue to be accepted for boarding a domestic flight through September of 2020. It’s important to know that beginning October 1, 2020, individuals will need to present federally acceptable identification at a TSA checkpoint in order to board a domestic flight. “Washington residents have two years to look at your identity document options and determine which one best fits your lifestyle,” said Teresa Berntsen, DOL Director. “We created the ID2020 campaign to help residents educate themselves on the various options, and encourage them not to wait until 2020 to make a decision.” There are a variety of identity documents that can be used to board an airplane or enter secure federal facilities, including: U.S. or foreign Passport U.S. Passport Card Military ID DHS Read More

New Hampshire Converts to REAL ID

Effective October 1, 2020, a REAL ID Driver License or Non-Driver Identification Card, or a Passport will be required to board an airplane for domestic flights or enter a secure federal facility. Your current Driver License or Non-Driver Identification Card will be accepted until October 1, 2020. Your REAL ID Driver License or Non-Driver Identification Card will be marked with a star in the top right corner to indicate it may be used for federal identification.