It’s all about a ten-year-old federal law called the Real ID Act, which instructed states to adopt stricter restrictions for state-issued ID cards.
Not every state complied.
Right now 23 states are fully compliant, and 19 have been granted extensions through October of this year.
But if you’re a resident of Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Washington, or American Samoa, you might have a problem.
So, if you have another form of ID while you’re traveling—such as a valid U.S. passport—you might want to bring it the next time—until your state is in compliance.
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