January 02, 2016
Attention New Jersey flyers: Maybe it’s time to apply for a passport, even if you are just flying to Miami.
Drivers licenses issued in New Jersey, Alaska, California, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, South Carolina, Washington state, Puerto Rico, Guam, or the U.S. Virgin Islands do no meet the standards of the federal Real ID Act, according to Condé Nast Traveler.
That means Homeland Security may no longer accept a Jersey driver’s license alone as valid ID if you're not prepared.
A secondary form of identification may be required if state officials don’t upgrade security for obtaining a driver’s licenses, according to the travel magazine.
The Real ID Act was passed by Congress in 2005 with the end goal of making fake IDs harder to obtain.
Several states, however, refused to comply because of privacy concerns, and it's catching up to them.
The DHS has already denied further extensions for Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota, and Washington, and has reputedly said they will not extend deadlines for other states.
Despite the looming deadline less than two weeks away, the DHS has been vague about actually implementing the law.
But they have said that the the public will have at least 120 days' notice before the changes go into effect.
Under current guidelines, all state-issued licenses and identification cards are accepted at airport checkpoints.
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