The Kansas City Aviation Department wants to allay concerns travelers may have that they must use a U.S. passport to board their flights after October 1, 2021, the previous deadline to comply with READ ID requirements. The Department of Homeland Security again extended the deadline and it is now May 3, 2023.
The Department of Homeland Security’s REAL ID program mandates that state-issued IDs and driver’s licenses comply with certain protocols for citizens to gain access to commercial aircraft, federal and nuclear facilities and military bases. Kansas has complied with DHS stipulations and Kansas travelers are ready for travel.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security declared Missouri to be fully compliant with the REAL ID Act and regulation in April 2019. With this notification, federal agencies may accept any REAL ID-compliant card issued and continue to accept non REAL ID-compliant Missouri-issued driver licenses and ID cards until May 3, 2023. Missourians will have the option to obtain a REAL ID-compliant ID or driver’s license or opt out. Those Missourians who opt out will need to provide approved alternative forms of acceptable identification for commercial air travel, including a U.S. passport, Global Entry card and/or others.
The REAL ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the Federal Government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver's licenses.” The Act established 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.
“The situation and deadlines with REAL ID can be confusing,” said Joe McBride, spokesman for the Kansas City Aviation Department. ”For now Missourians need not worry about what forms of ID to show at a security checkpoint. Meanwhile, all air travelers are advised to familiarize themselves with the approved forms of identification to present at airport security checkpoints. And when the time comes to make a choice, consider opting in for a REAL ID-compliant ID so no additional ID will be needed to board a flight. You have until May 3, 2023.”
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