Great - going to get even more painful to travel via major carriers... Looks like you NEsters will get it, too.
DHS requirements may affect travel in 2016 for U.S. travelers
September 25, 2015
As part of ongoing efforts to phase in the requirements of the REAL ID Act passed by the U.S. Congress in 2005, travelers with a permanent residence in the states of Louisiana, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York and the territory of the American Samoa and born after December 1, 1964, may need to provide a second identification if using their state issued Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) driver’s license to pass through the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) airport security checkpoints.
According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and under current regulations, these states and territory do not comply with the minimum standards of the Act and therefore, residents hold non-compliant driver’s licenses.
DHS officials have not provided a firm date as to when this change will occur, but per the Act, it will not go into effect prior to 2016. Additionally, DHS has assured the public that it will provide ample advanced notice before any new requirements must be adhered to. There has been significant speculation as to what the second form of identification can be; however, DHS has not confirmed any specific document. The TSA’s current published list of valid identification items is available on their website.
This change has begun to also affect entry into certain Federal buildings/facilities. To ensure entry, CWT recommends that all travelers, not in possession of a REAL ID as proof of identification, carry their valid passport or passport card.
CWT is closely monitoring the situation. We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available. In the short-term, CWT will add an itinerary remark to proactively remind travelers of the possible change.
The REAL ID Act, enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the Federal Government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver's licenses.” The Act established minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for certain purposes driver’s licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the Act’s minimum standards. The purposes covered by the Act are: accessing Federal facilities, entering nuclear power plants, and, no sooner than 2016, boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft.
Source: The Department of Homeland Security