Will You Need A Passport To Fly In The U.S.?
Bustle: …Thinking of a weekend trip to Hawaii? California? Even somewhere as mundane as Arkansas or Kansas? You might need to apply for a passport if your flight — even domestic — is next year. If your ID is from a number of states, including California, Illinois, or New Jersey, then you might be prohibited from boarding a plane starting May 10, 2016 unless you have another federally-approved form of identification. The Department of Homeland Security has decided to move ahead with the implementation of the REAL ID Act, which places new requirements on states issuing IDs like drivers licenses….
Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, and Washington have no extension waivers under review, and would be at risk the moment Homeland Security makes the change. The DHS website says the states will be "subject to enforcement" beginning Jan. 10. If Homeland Security begins enforcement at airports that day, travelers would have until May 10 — 120 days later — to get their passports. Enhanced drivers licenses from Minnesota are not affected….
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