UPDATE: As of Oct. 22, 2017, some of these states have received a new extension, so they will have until Oct. 10, 2018 to become compliant. That means residents will be able to use their current state IDs until then. For more, find information about your state here.
Starting Jan. 22, 2018, residents in nine U.S. states will need a passport to board a plane. According to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) rules, state-issued IDs in those nine states do not meet minimum security requirements for domestic or international air travel.
The nine states are: Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington.
The minimum security requirements were set forth in the REAL ID Act of 2005.
According to the TSA: “It has been 12 years since the REAL ID Act was passed and half of all the states have already met the REAL ID minimum standards. It is time that the remaining jurisdictions turn their commitments to secure identification into action.”
Passport applications are expected to take longer to process than in the past, so residents in those nine states should begin thinking about applying for, or renewing, their passports now.
The good news is some of these nine states are already in the process of updating their IDs, with hopes of making the changes before Jan. 22.
There are plenty more states that are not compliant but do not fall within the Jan. 22 deadline, because of approved extensions. See if you are in one of those states — and therefore might need to start carrying your passport to TSA checkpoints in the future.
The new rules that go into place on Jan. 22, 2018 are for states to come into compliance with the act. However, even if your state is compliant, if you were issued your ID before your state began issuing the REAL ID-compliant IDs, you will need a new ID by Oct. 20, 2020.
Learn more about compliance and see if your state is at risk of falling out of compliance.
Learn more about the REAL ID Act.