TRAVEL NEWS: DHS Issues New ID Requirement for Certain States

Be forewarned: beginning in 2016, residents of New York, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Hampshire or American Samoa will likely need more than a driver’s license as ID when traveling within the US.

According to the US Department of Homeland Security, driver’s licenses do not comply with minimum federal ID standards. The REAL ID Act, implemented in 2014, requires all DMV records to include social security numbers, photographs, and home addresses of the drivers. All states were given until 2016 to comply with these standards, and all but these four states now meet them.

What will this mean for residents? Although the consequences of not complying are still unclear, travelers from these states are advised to carry their passport or passport card as ID at the airport. If they fail to do so, they may be unable to board domestic flights or cruises whatsoever.

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