Black People : Millions of Americans might need passports to fly domestic

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  1. HODEE

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    My family have their passports and we will be using them to get around this issue created by states that dropped the ball and mis-managed their responsibilities.

    REAL ID does NOT apply to the following:
    • Entering Federal facilities that do not require a person to present identification

    • Voting or registering to vote

    • Applying for or receiving Federal benefits

    • Being licensed by a state to drive

    • Accessing Health or life preserving services (including hospitals and health clinics), law enforcement, or constitutionally protected activities (including a defendant’s access to court proceedings)

    • Participating in law enforcement proceedings or investigations

    It sounds crazy, but next year, millions of Americans might have to start using passports to fly -- on domestic flights.

    A decade ago, the U.S. government issued stricter standards for state-issued IDs, including driver’s licenses. But four states have refused to comply: Louisiana, Minnesota, New Hampshire and New York.

    The TSA will accept $55 passport cards and $135 passport books as valid ID.
    At this time 2016

    Driver's licenses from these states may not work on domestic flights

    In some states, your driver's license soon might not be good enough to board a flight, even if you're traveling within the United States.

    The Department of Homeland Security said it will be making a decision this week.

    Before you start worrying, there is a boatload of caveats: The government's decision will apply only to people in a handful of states. It wouldn't take effect until at earliest the end of April. And DHS could still decide to postpone its decision, according to a DHS spokeswoman.

    Why your driver's license soon might not be good enough to board a flight

    Ten years ago, the U.S. government passed the Real ID Act, issuing stricter standards for state-issued IDs, including driver’s licenses. The idea was to toughen standards on what documents were needed to get a driver's license, an effort to crack down on the potential for terrorists and criminals to obtain state-issued IDs. The act makes it harder to obtain a driver’s license with counterfeit records.

    Fewer than half (22) of the states have complied with the law.

    Though the law states that non-compliant IDs cannot be used to board domestic flights, DHS and the TSA have not been enforcing that standard. But DHS has said it would make an announcement about enforcing the law on air travelers -- and what that means for fliers -- before the end of 2015. And here we are, in the last week of 2015.

    Once the rules are enforced, affected travelers will likely need a passport or another valid government ID to fly.

    The good news is that the majority of fliers in non-compliant states aren't at risk anytime soon: 19 states have been granted waiver extensions through October 10, 2016, and four states are currently under review for an extension.

    Five states are non-compliant

    That leaves just five states that have been deemed non-compliant, have not been granted an extension and do not have extensions under review.
    1. Illinois;
    2. Minnesota;
    3. Missouri;
    4. New Mexico;
    5. Washington
    But even if you live in those states, don't fret just yet: DHS hasn't issued its schedule for enforcement. If and when it does, there still will be 120 days’ notice before the TSA no longer accepts their IDs.

    And the situation is fluid: Those states could still appeal DHS' decision not to grant a waiver extension, the DHS spokeswoman said.

    Four states' waiver extensions are pending review
    These states applied for waiver extensions, and DHS is still reviewing their requests. All of these states were previously granted waivers that are set to expire on January 10, 2016.
    1. Alaska
    2. California
    3. New Jersey;
    4. South Carolina
    19 states have been granted waiver extensions
    Except for New Hampshire, all of these states' waiver extensions are set to expire on October 10, 2016. New Hampshire's extension lasts through June 1, 2016.
    1. Arizona;
    2. Arkansas;
    3. Idaho;
    4. Kentucky;
    5. Louisiana;
    6. Maine;
    7. Massachusetts;
    8. Michigan;
    9. Montana;
    10. New Hampshire;
    11. New York;
    12. North Carolina;
    13. North Dakota;
    14. Oklahoma;
    15. Oregon;
    16. Pennsylvania;
    17. Rhode Island;
    18. Texas;
    19. Virginia
    22 states comply with the law

    These states, along with Washington, D.C., already have issued drivers' licenses that comply with the Real ID Act.
    1. Alabama;
    2. Colorado;
    3. Connecticut;
    4. Delaware;
    5. Florida;
    6. Georgia;
    7. Hawaii;
    8. Indiana;
    9. Iowa;
    10. Kansas;
    11. Maryland;
    12. Mississippi;
    13. Nebraska;
    14. Nevada;
    15. Ohio;
    16. South Dakota;
    17. Tennessee;
    18. Utah;
    19. Vermont;
    20. West Virginia;
    21. Wisconsin;
    22. Wyoming
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2016