TSA To Stop Accepting Driver’s Licenses In Nine States


The Transportation Safety Administration will begin enforcing REAL ID requirements at airport checkpoints this month, meaning that residents in Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington will need an alternate ID, such as a passport, to pass through security checkpoints.

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“The REAL ID Act establishes minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for certain purposes driver’s licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the Act’s minimum standards,” states the Department of Homeland Security.

The act was passed in 2005 in response to the 9/11 attacks in order to create more secure licenses by requiring all states to meet federal identification standards. According to the Washington Post states “need to meet tougher security standards related to card issuance, card design and application processing.”

Those nine state’s mentioned previously have not met the minimum requirements of the act and unless they applied for an extension (which all of them have), those residents will not be able to enter airports with just a driver’s license.




Author: Luke Henderson

Since joining the Libertarian Party in 2016 (after discovering Gary Johnson as a disaffected Bernie Sanders supporter), Luke Henderson has been active in the liberty movement through journalism, and political activism. At the beginning of 2017, Luke had his first piece of writing published by Being Libertarian and quickly became a contributor to the libertarian news site, The Libertarian Vindicator. Through the Vindicator, Luke discovered his passion for addressing critics of the philosophy and bringing together different factions of liberty lovers which compelled him to become an editor for The Libertarian Coalition, a forum dedicated to an open-minded discussion of libertarian ideas from all walks. After many guest contributions to Being Libertarian, Luke was asked to join the website as a contributor, where he writes his column Scoring For Liberty, which discusses sports, politics, and economics from a libertarian lens, and his Educator series that seeks to strengthen libertarian’s understanding of educational techniques and policy to better arguments against public education. Luke is one of the District 1 Executive Committeemen for the Missouri Libertarian party, and the founder of the Missouri Chapter of the Libertarian Positivity Caucus. Outside of politics, Luke is a paraprofessional for the Special School District of St. Louis, a musician, composer, and a loving husband and father.

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