The REAL ID Act of 2005 is scheduled to go into effect at airports starting January 22, 2018 and will be implemented nationwide without further extensions on October 1, 2020. For the residents of 24 states, including California and New York, you may not be able to board a plane using your state-issued driver’s license or identification starting in just a few months!
Note: Currently the Fed has not declared any state to be “noncompliant,” but with the deadline looming, they may decide to do so at any time. Please see the following article for more info:
If a showdown between the Fed and the States does take place, it could possibly get even worse for us mere drivers of cars than simply having to take our passports with us to fly… if those states fail to meet compliance with the Act by October of 2020, you could get ticketed for driving without a valid license if you get pulled over in a state that is in compliance! Yikes!
So why is it taking nearly 15 years to get all the states in compliance? Well, the reasons are complicated, but it mostly has to do with privacy issues. Some states are concerned about handing over your personal information to the federal government and have been dragging their feet in complying with the law. But, it looks like that is about to change, as the Feds are about to up the ante and put serious pressure on noncompliant states.
What do you think Nation? Should the states fight the Fed, or just get with the program already?
Keep driving my friends?
My thanks to Larry for his help with this article.