If You Live in 1 of These States, You’ll Need a Passport to Fly Domestically
It sounds crazy, right? It was bad enough when we started needing a passport to go to Mexico, but U.S. citizens in nine states need to carry one just to travel domestically as of Jan. 22, 2018. And by 2020 it’s likely that more states will be following suit.
Some states are already updating their IDs in response to the edict, according to Forbes, so make sure you check with your local government to see whether your state is included. Find out today which states require you to have a passport to fly domestically — and avoid surprises tomorrow when it’s time to visit that state you’ve always wanted to see.
Because Kentucky doesn’t issue a state ID that matches federal security requirements, residents will need to get their passports in order to fly — even in the U.S. A caveat: If you live in Kentucky you can make changes to your state ID or driver’s license to meet those federal standards and avoid getting a passport. Note that a military ID or a permanent resident card, aka green card, is acceptable in lieu of a passport.
The REAL ID act was passed by Congress in 2005 to establish minimum standards that ensure state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards are secure. By Oct. 1, 2020, every person in the U.S. will need to have a compliant ID.
Next: Two “M” states need passports.
2. Maine and Minnesota
If you live in one of these “M” states, you’ll also be affected by the latest — and not so greatest — TSA rules about passports for domestic flights. As of Jan. 22. 2018, you need to either get your ID updated to meet federal minimum security requirements, find your passport, or apply for a new one.
Next: Two more “M” states need passports.
3. Missouri and Montana
Because it’s already such a pain to fly, more TSA regulations are just what we need — said no one ever. Two more states that need to adhere to TSA guidelines are Missouri and Montana. If you live in the Show Me State, you better be ready to show your updated ID or passport for U.S. flights as of Jan. 22, 2018. If you live in The Treasure State, consider your current passport a treasure if you’re not up to updating your ID.
Want to see if your current ID is compliant? Visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website.
Next: Oklahoma travelers — watch out.
OOOOk-lahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain … and where you’ll need a passport to fly to all U.S. and international destinations if you didn’t update your ID before Jan. 22, 2018. If you don’t have a compliant ID, flying domestically isn’t the only thing you can’t do. You cannot visit a federal facility or military base, either. You can however, still vote, drive, apply for federal benefits, access health services, and participate in law enforcement investigations with your noncompliant ID.
Next: Keystone State residents, listen up.
Did you know that in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, there is still a law on the books that prohibits a person from lecturing students in a school auditorium while sipping a carbonated drink? That’s almost as crazy as the new TSA law about needing a passport to fly domestically. If you didn’t update your ID before Jan. 22, 2018, you’ll have to dig up your passport or apply for a new one.
Next: Be prepared in South Carolina.
6. South Carolina
If you live in the Palmetto State, you’re on the list of those whose IDs don’t meet federal requirements. If you’re going to travel, live by the state motto, “Prepared in mind and resources,” and update your ID or get your passport in order. It might just inspire you to take a trip abroad.
Some good news: If you’re traveling with a child who isn’t 18, TSA does not require them to show ID. Your ID will still need to be compliant, but it will work for both of you.
Next: Washingtonians — add another thing to your to-do list.
There’s already enough rain in Washington that falls from the sky — now Washingtonians can add TSA raining on their parades. Yep, if you live here, your ID likely doesn’t meet federal requirements. Update it, locate your passport, or prepare for the nightmare of applying for a new one.
Still have questions about your ID? Call TSA at 866-289-9673 or email the organization at TSA-ContactCenter@tsa.dhs.gov.
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