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REAL ID Act

December 31, 2015

Dear Valued Short’s Travel Client,

As we prepare to ring in the New Year, we wanted to share some information with you related the REAL ID Act. 

This topic seems to be gaining some momentum throughout the travel community, which is likely due to the recent decision by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) not to grant an extension to four of the non-compliant states (Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, Washington) beyond the current extension date of January 10, 2016.  At this time, it is unknown if extensions will be granted to the New Hampshire, whose current extension date is June 1, 2016, or the additional 22 states with the current extension date of October 10, 2016.

In the most recent communications issued by the DHS, the decision to not grant extensions to these states only applies to the types of identification an individual will need to access Federal facilities and does not impact the types of identification required to board a federally regulated commercial aircraft.  Furthermore, the DHS has indicated they will provide ample notice (minimum of 120 days) to all state governments and the public prior to any changes to the required identification for boarding aircraft will go into effect.

Below are some links and excerpts that you might find beneficial in the event you are getting questions from your travelers.  If you have any additional questions, please contact your Account Manager.

Thank you and Welcome 2016!!!

Your Short’s Travel Team

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REAL ID Links

Current status of States / Territories

Real ID Enforcement Brief (published 12/29/15)

DHS Provides Updates on REAL ID Enforcement (published 10/9/15)

REAL ID Excerpts

From the DHS 10/9/15 Statement:

To be clear, this update does not affect identification shown at airports in the United States. Until announced otherwise, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will continue to accept valid driver's licenses and identifialllcation cards issued by all states. DHS plans to announce the schedule for any changes to air travel requirements by the end of the year, and will ensure that state governments and the traveling public are notified at least 120 days in advance of implementation.

From an article in the 12/29/15 St. Louis Post Dispatch:

A crackdown on using a Missouri ID to board planes will not go into effect in January.

Homeland Security is assessing teh effects of enforcement of the law in four phases. The fourth phase - stopping the use of noncompliant identification cards at airports - won't come until the first three phases are analyzed. Travelers will be given four months warning before it takes effect.

"DHS will ensure the public has ample advanced notice before identification requrements for boarding aircraft or entering additional types of federal facilities changes," the agency notes.


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