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Starting Jan. 22, 2018, travelers with licenses issued by states that have yet to comply with the new ID standards won’t be allowed to board a domestic flight in the U.S. unless they have an alternative form of identification. Above, TSA personnel at the Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington. (JEWEL SAMAD / AFP/Getty Images)

Hugo Martin
January 8, 2016

More than a decade after Congress called for tougher standards for state identification cards and driver’s licenses, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced deadlines for states to comply with the new regulations.

The Real ID act, adopted in 2005, requires tougher standards for proof of legal U.S. residency so that state driver’s licenses can be used for federal purposes. The law was passed in response to national security concerns after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

For now, five states and one territory — Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Washington and the territory of American Samoa — have failed to comply with the federal standards and have not been given an extension to meet the new requirements, according to Homeland Security officials.

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Starting Jan. 22, 2018, travelers with licenses issued by states that have yet to comply with the new standards won’t be allowed to board a domestic flight in the U.S. unless they have an alternative form of identification.

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