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REAL ID act affects Idaho despite extension

Idaho citizens will need to plan ahead if they plan on flying within the United States.

The January 2016 deadline for the REAL ID act of 2005 which set forth requirements for state ID’s to be accepted by the federal government is coming up, but Idaho has elected to write in a loophole rather than immediately conform to the law.

“The legislature hereby declares that the state of Idaho shall not participate in the implementation of the REAL ID act of 2005, except to submit compliance extension requests and status reports to the United States Department of Homeland Security,” reads House Bill no. 96.

The loophole gives Idahoans a few options; the biggest one is time.

The extension allows federal agencies to continue to accept Idaho Driver’s licenses while Idaho scrambles to get in compliance with the Department of Homeland Security.

Certain agencies, such as Idaho National Laboratory, have been able to deny an Idaho driver’s license since July 2014 as a viable form of ID.

Aircrafts will be able to refuse Idaho identification no sooner than 2016, meaning to fly a secondary approved ID will be needed.

According to Laurie Dankers, Idaho spokeswoman for TSA, all licenses are currently being accepted by the TSA.

“If there was any change there would be ample advanced notice and direction to the public on what they need to do,” she said in an article with KMVT.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, aircrafts will allow individuals to use a noncompliant identification card or drivers license in conjunction with a second approved form of ID.

Idahoans could slip around the REAL ID act and apply for a passport instead. A passport is being considered as a viable form of ID for all areas, including federal agencies, military bases and airports.

Students at Boise State can learn how to get a passport through international.boisestate.edu.

In grand total a passport will cost $135, including the execution fee and the passport processing fee.

Idaho approved the extension request but has only been granted an additional year to comply by the Federal Government.

About Eryn Shay Johnson (0 Articles)
Eryn Shay Johnson is the Assistant News Editor at the Arbiter. She currently studies communication at Boise State University. Johnson has a history in producing media content; she has produced content for The Post Register of Idaho Falls and The Times-News in Twin Falls. Her article “Good for the Soul: Group uses laughter as path to better health” was picked up by the Associated Press in July 2011. When she isn’t writing or studying Johnson spends time with her boyfriend, dog, and cat in their south Boise home.

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