by Mark Albert
If you’ve gone through airports in a handful of states recently, you may have seen these new, yellow and blue signs that read, “ID requirements are changing.”
It’s a warning from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which began posting the signs in mid-December 2016.
At that time, residents living in Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington states were most affected.
Beginning in January 2018 – less than a year away – the TSA will start to enforce the federal REAL ID Act, which was passed by Congress in 2005 in the wake of the Sept 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania to strengthen identity verification (click here to read the Act; relevant portion begins on page 81).
REAL ID Act Explained
The Act, as implemented by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), added new requirements to identification cards, including driver’s licenses, issued by state governments to verify that the holder is a US citizen. REAL ID cards have a star in the upper right corner.