With a new year comes new travel rules and the enforcement of The Real ID Act.
Did you know that in 2016 you may need a passport to travel domestically? The Real ID Act is a law that was passed in 2005 by Congress. It is being phased in across the United States and will be enforced by Homeland Security.
Before you travel this year, check to see if your state is in compliance with the new travel rules.
Without proper identification, you can’t board your flight! Goodbye trip!
There are currently only 22 states in full compliance, many that have been granted extensions, and some that did not receive extensions.
The following states/territories are compliant with the REAL ID Act:
- S. Dakota
- West Virginia
The following states/territories have an extension, allowing Federal agencies to accept driver’s licenses from these states until October 10, 2016:
- New Jersey
- New York
- N. Carolina
- N. Dakota
- Rhode Island
- S. Carolina
The following states/territories have an extension, allowing Federal agencies to accept driver’s licenses from these states, until June 1, 2016.
- New Hampshire
The following states/territories are under review for an extension renewal, allowing Federal agencies to accept driver’s licenses from these states, until at least January 10, 2016 under a grace period.
- N. Marianas
- Puerto Rico
- Virgin Islands
The following states/territories have not received an extension for 2016 and will be subject to enforcement for accessing most Federal facilities, nuclear power plants and military bases beginning Jan. 10, 2016.
- New Mexico