RALEIGH, S.C. – Soon, a driver’s license may not be enough to get people through airport security in the United States.
Oct. 1, 2020, is the deadline for U.S. citizens to have REAL ID-compliant state driver’s licenses, a requirement passed by Congress in 2005 in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Without a compliant driver’s license, those who are 18 and over won’t be able to board a domestic flight, unless possessing other specific forms of acceptable identification.
“The thought behind this was that with standardization, it will become a lot harder to forge documents and gain access to aircraft,” Stephen Hyduchak, CEO of Aver, an identity-verification service, said.
While the main idea of REAL ID is to better protect U.S. citizens and their identity