Bad news for Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington: Starting January 22, 2018, driver’s licenses issued by these states will no longer be accepted at TSA checkpoints. They fail to meet the federal government’s minimum security standards under the Real ID Act. Instead, travelers have to use another form of identification to pass through security for domestic flights—think military ID, permanent resident card, or passport.
While there’s been some confusion about when Real ID Act will be enforced—and what, exactly, the Real ID Act is—the TSA has taken advantage of the busy holiday season to warn travelers that they can expect changes in 2018. It announced that it would start posting notices the week of December 12, and signs have already been spotted at Chicago O’Hare and Minneapolis-St. Paul International airports.
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