If You’re From These 9 States You’ll Soon Need A Passport To Fly
If you’re from a select number of states, you’ll soon be required to have a passport in order to board an airplane for a domestic flight. A driver’s license will no longer be enough.
The Transportation Security Administration has announced that people who live in nine U.S. states will now be required to have a passport in order to fly within America. This is because drivers licenses from those states do not comply with the REAL ID federal security requirements.
The states affected are Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Washington.
This new regulation will means that people from those states cannot fly, even domestically, without a U.S. passport or alternative form of identification like a military ID or permanent resident card. These regulations are not new – they were instituted over a decade ago – but many states have been slow to get their IDs up to code.
The U.S. Department of State advises that October and November see the least amount of passport applications, which means that now is the time to start that application process.
This new regulation will take effect on January 22, 2018. The Department of Homeland Security will continue working with individual states to try and update IDs before that date, but if you’re planning on flying next year it would be a good idea to start the process of applying for a process now.