When I’m flying on domestic flights around the U.S. I leave my passport at home but this might not be the case in the near future.
According to an article from USA Today’s Road Warrior Voices, “Driver’s Licenses From These States Soon Won’t Suffice As Valid ID For Domestic Flights“.
Being that I live in Brooklyn and am a New York state resident, it sounds like soon I might have to remember to bring another form of ID when flying within the US.
Sounds kind of strange to me. So why might this be happening?
According to the article, at the end of 2013, the Department of Homeland Security announced the Real ID act which set federal security standards for IDs.
Around 70% -80% of U.S. driver’s licenses met those standards. However, licenses issued in four states- Louisiana, Minnesota, New Hampshire and New York failed to meet those standards, being “deemed non-compliant” according to the article.
This new act has been enforced in some part over the past few years but now the last phase, dealing with aircrafts will be enforced. This will happen, most likely in early 2016.
Those of us which hold a driver’s license from the four mentioned states will then have to provide a second form of ID. My guess is that I’ll need to bring my passport, which I’d rather not carry since I’d prefer for it to be safely left at home.
I’m wondering if my Global Entry ID card might count as a second form of ID. No mention was made of this in the Road Warrior Voices article.
Find out more from USA Today here.