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Soon, Your Driver’s License May Not Work For Air Travel

By February 4, 2016March 6th, 2023Blog, Technology News

soon__your_driver___s_lic_115313_213175You’ve probably never even heard of the “Real ID Act of 2005.” Most people haven’t. It was one of a number of pieces of legislation that passed without grabbing any headlines or attention, but it’s about to have very real implications for you as a small businessman or woman.

The law was passed with the intention of making it difficult for terrorists to forge a driver’s license. Guidelines were developed to make the design of driver’s licenses nationwide, more difficult to counterfeit. The only problem? The states were slow to comply with the new law. At present, only 23 states have redesigned their licenses to meet the more rigorous standards of the new law.

The Department of Homeland Security is tired of waiting. In a recently released directive, they’ve authorized the TSA to set a deadline for compliance of January 22, 2018. After that date, if you’re living in a state that has not upgraded their licenses to comply with the new law, it won’t be considered acceptable identification, and you will be unable to board the plane unless you have an alternate form of identification, such as a passport.

Currently, the states that have made no effort whatsoever to comply with the new law are: Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, Washington, and the territory of American Samoa. The rest of the non-compliant states have filed for, and been granted extensions that will allow the citizens of those states to use their licenses until 2020.

A stark minority of Americans have passports. If you’re one of the many who does not have one, and you live in one of the states mentioned above, now would be a good time to consider getting one. If not, your ability to travel by air in the conduct of your business is going to be severely curtailed. Fortunately, the passport process isn’t an especially difficult one, but it’s best to start planning for the eventuality now. If you wind up getting turned away at the airport in a few years’ time, and miss an important meeting because of it, you’ll wish you had.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.