How does the REAL ID ACT affect you?

REAL ID Act for U.S. Air Travel: Louisiana, Michigan and
New York currently under review

As a reminder, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a deadline of January 22, 2018 for U.S. states and territories to comply with new government regulations required for the REAL ID Act. The Real ID Act invalidates certain forms of identification allowed for use in commercial U.S. air travel.

As of today, all U.S. states are compliant or have already been granted a temporary extension except for Louisiana, Michigan and New York. These states are currently under review. Travelers who have a valid U.S. state-issued driver’s license and identification cards from these states should closely monitor developments regarding the anticipated implementation of this law.

These three states may be granted an extension by the authorities prior to the January 22, 2018 enforcement deadline. However, without an extension, travelers from these states will need to use a U.S. passport or other form of accepted identification when undertaking domestic air travel.

Travelers with further questions should review the Frequently Asked Questions on the DHS website.

REAL ID Act
As a reminder, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a deadline of January 22, 2018 for U.S. states and territories to comply with new government regulations required for the REAL ID Act. Unless a state received an extension or is compliant with the Act, travelers will need to get an enhanced driver’s license or passport for domestic air travel. To check which states are compliant or received an extension, click here.

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