Got Travel Plans Next Year? You’ll Need a Passport If You Live in Certain States

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Pay attention! If you’re a resident of New York, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Louisiana, or American Samoa you’ll need a passport to travel by airplane within the United States as of 2016. The exact date hasn’t been announced yet.

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But Time.com reports that this new policy is a result of The Real ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005. And now, seven years later, the Department of Homeland Security is ready to enforce it.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The Real ID Act is “a counterterrorism measure to standardize the reliability and efficacy of personal identification.”
  • The driver’s licenses in certain states do not make the cut when it comes to “standard” and “reliable” forms of identification; therefore, to fly domestically, a U.S. passport is necessary.
  • The reason why is because the security features in certain driver’s licenses weren’t enough to verify the form of ID is…well…secure.
  • The Real ID Act covers 56 jurisdictions, including the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Territories of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
  • The current list of states from which a Federal agency may accept driver’s licenses for an official purpose is found at REAL ID Enforcement In Brief.
  • The Real ID Act creates a federal identity document that every American will need in order to fly on commercial airlines, enter government buildings, and more.

To comply with the law, the Department of Motor Vehicles program in some states will be issuing new driver’s licenses and state ID cards that are up to the new security standard. Essentially, it seems that the Federal government is attempting to turn state driver’s licenses into genuine national identity cards, all in the name of safety and security.

According to the Department of Homeland Security’s website, the main justification for the “secure” ID cards is to know that the bearer of the ID is actually that person.

Did you catch what the next steps are? Aside from not being able to board an airplane, you won’t be able to rent a car, open a bank account, or “conduct other activities” without a federally approved form of ID. So make sure you’re ready!!

Those in favor of The Real ID Act claim it could have stopped the 9/11 terrorists from carrying out their mission. But Lt. Col. Anthony Schaffer feels otherwise. In the clip below, he talks to Jesse Ventura about his thoughts on the 9/11 attacks, and how the government mis-handled information and could have prevented them.

What do you make of the Real ID Act? Do you think it is a measure to prevent further terrorist attacks?

Check out Off The Grid with Jesse Ventura on Ora TV to find out more on 9/11 and other important issues we’re currently facing.


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