Soon, only REAL ID-compliant IDs will be accepted by TSA; that means the only other viable option for travelers is a passport for domestic travel.
REAL ID Act: A passport for domestic travel may be a reality as nine states soon won't allow travelers to board an airplane with just a driver’s license.
The REAL ID Act was signed in 2004, but many states are not yet compliant.The outcome? The REAL possibility of needing a passport to fly domestically.
Residents of five states may be barred from boarding a commercial flight using a driver's license soon because of their states' refusal to comply with national proof-of-identity requirements.
Department of Defense installations across the U.S. will no longer accept driver’s licenses from five states deemed non-compliant with the REAL ID Act.
Thanks to the Real ID Act, needing a passport for domestic airline travel is an ominous possibility. Is your state compliant?
If New Mexico doesn't pass a REAL ID compliant law, holders of state driver's licenses will likely be unable to use them to board an airplane.