Are You Real ID Compliant To Fly? Deadline October 2020

Are You Real ID Compliant To Fly? Deadline October 2020

(upbeat music) First Tom, I’m wondering, what do you have in your wallet and are you real ID compliant? Because that is going to be
something very important, for Washington and
Oregon travelers here, in the next year. Tell us why. – Well, I’ll tell you. I have an enhanced
driver license, which I’m very glad I got
a number of years ago. This will be very valuable, for getting on airplanes
starting next October. So October 2020, the
federal government says: no more extensions, you have to have a
secure driver’s license, to get on a domestic flight, basically pass through
the TSA checkpoint, not Spokane, nor Seattle
or Portland International or any other federal
airport checkpoints. This as you can see
on your screen there, is an enhanced driver license
from Washington State, the Oregon version doesn’t
come out till next summer. So there’s gonna be a
very short amount of time, in Oregon, to get, a
compliant document. A regular driver’s license
from Oregon or Washington, will be good for
almost everything, a license is good for now, except for going into say
a federal military base, starting next year. And going through
airport security, which is federally controlled. – Okay so, it make
us wonder Tom, or at least it makes me wonder, why have Washington
and Oregon been, I guess out of
compliance for so long? Like why aren’t all 50 states
just on the same standard, and why are some playing
catch up at this point? – Yeah it’s a very
good question. Because this dates back to 2005, when congress passed what’s
known as the Real ID Act, and that is a follow on from
the 2001 terrorist attacks, when some of the terrorists
in the nine eleven attacks, used fake licenses
to learn how to fly. So, the federal government’s
been harping on this for a while on the states to improve their
document verification, to scan everything, somebody brings into the DMB when they apply for a license
and save that information on a server forever. Make those photos that
they take of us digital. That was considered by states, many states, probably half the
states in the US at one time, until unfounded mandates, so they dragged their feet, and Washington and
Oregon are among them. Over time, a lot the things
the federal government wanted, states came around to saying
yeah that’s a good idea anyway, and we’ll do it, and it hasn’t become
that big of a burden now in recent years. And the federal government
gave our states, many extensions over the years but now they’re saying
this October 20 date, that’s hard deadline, we’re not gonna give
you anymore chances to kick the can down the road. – You can see all of
Tom’s reporting on this and other topics at, nwpb.org. Thank you for joining us. Here in the Unique Northwest.

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