We have known this was coming for years and now you can’t say you weren’t warned.
Several airports now have signs up alerting travelers that starting Jan. 22, 2018 the TSA will begin strict enforcement of the REAL ID requirements at security checkpoints at the airport.
When that takes place, passengers presenting a driver’s license or identification card from a state where those documents don’t meet the REAL ID Act’s minimum security standards — and the states where extensions to meet those requirements have not been granted, can and may be turned away.
TSA will continue to accept alternate forms of ID at airports, such as a passport, military ID or permanent resident card.
The 9 states that don’t yet have REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and IDs are Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Washington.
The Department of Homeland Security says that it continues working with states to “encourage compliance” and that TSA will update the signs in airports “if and when states that are currently listed receive extensions.”