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You may have noticed new TSA signs at the airport recently. It reads "starting January 22, 2018, you will need a driver's license or ID form a state compliant with the REAL ID Act, astate that has extension for compliance, or an alternate ID to fly."
What does that even mean?
Drafted in 2005 in the wake of the September 11th attacks, President George W. Bush signed the REAL ID Act. It is intended to ensure driver's licenses were more uniform from state to state and more difficult to forge. It gave the states more than a decade to "establish minimum security standards for state issued driver's licenses and identification cards". However, this time has run out now for boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft. Starting January 22nd 2018, only IDs from a state in compliance with the REAL ID Act or an extension will be accepted when boarding an airplane in the U.S. for domestic flights.
So why should you care?
Currently, 24 states are still not in compliance with the REAL ID Act, according to information from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the TSA (for a full map, see https://www.dhs.gov/realid). This means that as of January 22, 2018, passengers from those states may not board an aircraft with their driver's license being the only form of identification provided. Passengers will need to have some kind of alternative identification, the most common being passports and military IDs (for a full list of acceptable forms of ID, see https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification). For now, all of the noncompliant states have an extension until October 10, 2017. If the extension does not get prolonged, January 22, 2018, will be the deadline for those states. Regardless, even if the extension gets renewed, starting October 1, 2020, REAL ID compliant licenses are the only form of valid identification for domestic air travel.
Why are certain IDs not compliant with the act?
Using South Carolina as an example, the state actively fought against the REAL ID Act. As thengovernor Mark Sanford stated: "The act clearly violates the Founders' intent in offering the 10th Amendment, which states that all powers not given to the federal government are given to the people or the states". He also cited the costs of $17 billion to implement the law, which he considered an unfunded federal mandate. Therefore, in 2007, South Carolina lawmakers passed a bill that forbid the state from complying with the act. On the other hand, states like Michigan, Minnesota, New York, and Washington offer enhanced driver's licenses, which are compliant with the REAL ID Act. Still other states are in the process of switching to REAL ID compliant licenses.
What does this mean for you?
If you are a resident of one of the compliant states, nothing changes for you. The only form of identification you need for a domestic flight is your driver's license. For residents of a noncompliant state, it is advisable to have a valid passport or other form of acceptable ID ready in case there is no further extension granted. Plan accordingly, since it takes 46 weeks to get a new passport.
When you plan to travel with children, nothing changes for them. TSA does not require children under 18 years old to provide identification when traveling with a companion within the United States.
Monday, November 27, 2017
The North Carolina Legislature has been pretty active on different topics over the past few months. Below is a quick overview of some bills dealing with the Bright Futures Act, personal injury bankruptcy trust claims, the alcoholic beverage control commission laws, and small wireless communications infrastructure.
House Bill 68 (February 9,2017)
This act encourages the establishment of bright markets by enabling the lease of additional digital infrastructure necessary for economic development and innovation in key markets, including broadband, retail online services, internet of things, gridpower, health care, training, and education.
Prior to making any detailed statement, the responsible official shall consult with and obtain the comments of any agency which has either jurisdiction by law or special expertise with respect to any environmental impact.
Finally, cities are authorized to sell or lease any public enterprise that it may own upon any terms and conditions that the council may deem best.
Senate Bill 470 (March 30, 2017)
This act amends Rule 26 of the North Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure relating to discovery in bankruptcy trust personal injury claims.
Senate Bill 155 (June 30, 2017)
This acts aims at making various changes to the alcoholic beverage control commission laws, among which the following:
- Create Spirituous Liquor Special Event Permit to Allow Distilleries to Give Free Tasting
- Allow Sale of Specified Alcoholic Beverages at Auction by Licensed Auctioneers
- Allow the Sale of Alcoholic Beverages Before Noon on Sundays, Subject to Local Government Approval
- Authorize Sale of Crowlers by Retail Permittees
- Authorize Off-Site Storage Location for Breweries, Wineries, and Distilleries
- Authorize Sale of Unfortified Wine on Premises by Retail Businesses
- Authorize Tastings During Brewery Tours
- Authorize Certain Persons to Sample Alcoholic Beverages for Purposes of Sensory Analysis, Quality Control or Education
- Amend Homebrewing Laws
- Clarify Law Governing Relationship between Breweries and Affiliated Retailers
- Authorize Brewery Taprooms to Sell Other Alcoholic Beverages upon Receiving the Appropriate Permit
- Authorize Breweries With Production Facilities in Other States to Distribute to Wholesales
- Authorize Farm Breweries
- Amend Law Governing Brewery Sales at Additional Retail Locations
- Tax Compliance and Reports
- Simplify Local Licensing Applications
- Clarify Winery Special Event Locations
House Bill 310 (July 21, 2017)
This act reforms collocation of small wireless communications infrastructure to aid in deployment of new technologies.