The Department of Homeland Security is currently reviewing whether to extend a grace period given to some states to comply with the REAL ID Act. The Act requires that state-issued forms of identification, such as driver’s licenses, comply with criteria in the REAL ID Act.
Background: The REAL ID Act, which was passed by Congress and signed by President George W. Bush in 2005, requires states to issue driver’s licenses that contain a machine-readable data chip or magnetic strip. To date, 27 states are compliant under the Act.
BAL Analysis: Affected travelers should check the DHS REAL ID Act webpage for information before Jan. 22 to determine if they will need to use other accepted IDs for air travel.
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