Tuesday, May 24th, Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State, announced the steps Illinois will take to achieve compliance. The states facing a January expiration are Alaska, California, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Carolina, and Washington. Gradually the state will roll out the newly designed card. By the January deadline, residents from states not in compliance with the law, or those not granted an extension, will need a passport, passport card, or to get past airport security checkpoints. After all, not everyone travels internationally. The act comes with a aimed at eliminating airline terrorism by exacting more control over the documents granting access to domestic planes, thereby decreasing the chances of identity fraud. But now Department of Homeland Security officials say enforcement is imminent.
The renewed push for compliance comes at a time when concerns about terrorism are again high due to recent bloody attacks in Paris and California. Missouri passed a law in 2009 forbidding state officials from implementing the law. Also, on December 29, showing that Alaska, New Jersey, and South Carolina have all received extensions until October. However, only about four of every 10 Americans have a passport, according to the. Up until recently, that was not a problem. It isn't just an unfunded mandate.
But some critics have been reluctant to participate, out of privacy concerns and fears that it could lead to a national identity card. Missouri and Illinois residents visiting a federal facility can provide another form of identification or follow procedures that the facility allows for persons without acceptable identification. Compliant States A majority of states— 27, plus the District of Colombia—are already considered compliant with the law change. If accepted, the new extension would give each state additional time to adjust to the new rules. Those states are: Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Rhode Island and Texas.
However, any restrictions on air travel won't go into place without at least 120 days' notice, and no state has received such a notice yet. Those states include California, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Virginia. It is time that the remaining jurisdictions turn their commitments to secure identification into action. Indeed, all 50 states and the District of Columbia are currently in the process of adjusting to the new standards—and building the corresponding databases. Below, a snapshot of where each state lies. Secure driver's licenses and identification documents are a vital component of our national security framework. Department of Homeland Security, which aims to fight fraud and identify theft.
Compliant identification cards will need to include technology that makes the cards scan-able. Description and Schedule of Enforcement Phases The following enforcement measures are cumulative, with measures in each phase remaining in effect through successive phases. The 2009 law was eventually lifted, allowing Minnesota state agencies to converse with the federal government about adopting the act. Now, the Department of Homeland Security has increased the list of U. Minnesota and American Samoa are already listed as non-compliant. How To Prepare for a Flight The deadline had been set for mid-January, but the Department of Homeland Security hasn't set firm guidelines in place, it's expected that travelers will have at least four months notice before the changes go into effect. Law enforcement must be able to rely on government-issued identification documents and know that the bearer of such a document is who he or she claims to be.
Still unclear is how much longer any additionally extended deadline would give the territories to prepare, or any legal repercussions that could be exacted upon the states. The roll out of these security changes is incremental, but significant. In the meantime, the applicant will receive a temporary paper to serve as their identification. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Condé Nast. Federal agencies can accept driver's licenses and identification cards from Illinois at Federal facilities and nuclear power plants.
In some states, the reason for lack of compliance isn't incompetence or bungling, but active opposition. Illinois will begin the process to become compliant this summer. Travelzoo will update our readers when there are updates to these new policies and. In the fall, it was widely reported that. Access to Federal facilities will continue to be allowed for purposes of applying for or receiving Federal benefits. That leaves Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, and Washington as the five remaining states subject to enforcement.
However, we felt that the information is important for U. . Ars may earn compensation on sales from links on this site. After that point, residents will need to bring another form of. The purposes covered by the Act are: accessing Federal facilities, entering nuclear power plants, and, no sooner than 2016, boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft.
The cards themselves will also be built using new technology, making them much more difficult to forge. Those states facing the deadline shouldn't be hopeful for a last-minute reprieve. However, as the 2018 deadline draws nearer, even the North Star State has fallen in line. In the meantime, please feel free to search for ways to make a difference in your community at. Virgin Islands Under the act, all licenses must be equipped with machine-readable technology, which typically comes in the form of a chip. Some travelers in those 27 states have been scrambling to get new licenses to meet the previous Jan.