January 11

Federal Facilities no Longer Accepting Identification from 5 States

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After January 10th, 2016 federal facilities you need identification to enter will no longer accept State IDs from five states. I warned in an earlier post that certain state’s drivers licences might stop working at airports on that date (Click Here). The states are Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Washington, and the territory of American Samoa. You can still use ID from those states at the airport but those states have until January 18th, 2018 to comply with the 2005 “Real ID” law or their State issued IDs will stop working at airports also. After that deadline passes, airline passengers with state issued I.D. that is not compliant with the Real ID Act will need a different identification document like a passport. Congress adopted the Real ID law in 2005. It was enacted to prevent counterfeit ID cards in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

“Starting next week, IDs from the five non-compliant, no-extension states won’t be valid for entering military bases, nuclear power plants, or federal facilities that require an ID check. So if your ID is non-compliant, you won’t get turned away from the Smithsonian, but you might get turned away from a federal courthouse.”


Congress passed the Real ID Act over ten years ago, and several states still haven’t complied with the law. So far 23 states and US territories have begun issuing driver licenses’ that meet Real ID standards. 27 other states and territories have been granted an extension. Some states’ extensions give them until October 1st, 2020 to meet the new standards. But Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, Washington, and American Samoa have not made an effort to meet the new standards that include safeguards such as putting anti-counterfeit tech into the license itself. The Department of Homeland Security didn’t give those states an extension; they now have two years to become compliant.

Your State Identification

To check your state’s status with compliance to the “Real ID Act” Click The Department Of Homeland Security Web Page Here

Have a great week and see you soon.



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