REAL ID Act Extension
The REAL ID act was passed by Congress in 2005 and gave states until January 22nd, 2018 to meet the new ID requirements in order to use their state issued driver’s license as ID to board planes.
However as the deadline approached, about half of the states in America were still not compliant in November of 2017, just 3 months prior. As a result, non compliant states have been granted an extension to get their requirements up to standards.
Click here for more information and to view an interactive map of which states are compliant and which are not.
The full enforcement date when passengers will not be able to pass TSA without a compliant ID from a compliant state is still set for October 1st, 2020.
Our advice: if you are worried about not being able to board a plane without compliant ID, get a passport or a passport card which will ALWAYS be accepted.