WASHINGTON, District of Columbia- Forbes reports nine states will no longer allow travelers to board an airplane with just their state issued driver’s licenses as of January 22, 2018. To get past TSA security checkpoints, another form of identification will be required: passport, permanent resident card/green card or a military ID.
The Real ID Act of 2005 states that state-issued IDs from these nine states do not meet the minimum security standards of the federal government:
- South Carolina
Forbes says some states have started working on offering federally approved issued IDs that would not require a passport for domestic air travel. Missouri has been among a handful of holdouts to the REAL ID Act of 2005, which Congress passed in response to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 and the waiver just expired.
On January 22, 2018, the enforcement for those nine states will go into effect, and by 2020, even more people will end up needing a passport, as confirmed by the official website of the TSA.
This means that if you’re going to take a flight and you have a state-issued ID from one of those nine states, you will need a passport to go anywhere. That includes going to the next state, across the country, or even to Walt Disney World, as all domestic travel is included in these new standards.