Will your ID work for air travel in 2016?


Will your driver’s license get you through airport security in 2016? In 2005 The Department of Homeland Security put into place the Real ID act which  “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.” The Act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for official purposes licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards. In my state of Georgia this meant when I renewed my license I had as much paperwork as a 1st time driver did. I had to produce my social security card, two bills showing residence, my divorce decree and my birth certificate.

States have had since 2005 to comply with these rules set forth by the Federal Government. However, there are a few that the extensions will be running out as of January 10, 2016 and it is advisable for those residence living in those states to obtain a passport. The States with the extension running out January 10th are: Alaska, California, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Carolina and Washington. 19 other states have until October 2016 to comply.

So what does it mean if you live in one of these states that have the extension running out? From what I’ve been able to find out… not much at this time for air travel. The DHS is implementing the tighter restrictions first in federal facilities such as nuclear power plants, laboratories and military bases. They will phase in to the airports at some point in 2016. They are hoping this gives those states that have not complied a little more time to change laws on their books to comply. Best advise to people who live in the states that have not complied is to get a passport if you have travel plans later in the year. We all know politicians can take forever to pass a law 🙂

Here is the link for the Real ID FAQ: Real ID Public FAQs


Amanda Casey




  1. OMG. Glad to get this notice: we live in Missouri. I am going to go do whatever I need to do, immediately-the ridiculousness of politicians and the slowness of their glacial legislation practices translates directly into inconvenience and pain in the you know what for constituents.

    • dreammaker1974 says:

      I understand completely. I was surprised my state, Georgia, had already complied with all of the regulations when normally our legislation drags their feet on things. They don’t have a set date for the transition but be sure that we will post updates when we find them out 🙂

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