If You Live in One of These States You’ll Soon Need a Passport for Domestic Flights

The Anti-Media – by John Vibes

To comply with the 2005 Real ID Act, which the U.S. government has been slowly implementing for the past decade, citizens in a number of different U.S. states will now be forced to obtain a passport if they want to board an airplane — even for domestic flights.

The Department of Homeland Security and representatives with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection have declined to comment on why certain states have been singled out, but starting in 2016, residents of New York, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and American Samoa will need a passport to fly domestically. All other states will still be able to use their state-issued driver’s licenses and IDs — for now, at least.  

According to the Department of Homeland Security’s guidelines on enforcement of the Real ID Act,

“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on December 20, 2013 a phased enforcement plan for the REAL ID Act (the Act), as passed by Congress, that will implement the Act in a measured, fair, and responsible way.

Secure driver’s licenses and identification documents are a vital component of our national security framework. The REAL ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the Federal Government ‘set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.’ The Act established minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for certain purposes driver’s licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the Act’s minimum standards.  The purposes covered by the Act are: accessing Federal facilities, entering nuclear power plants, and, no sooner than 2016, boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft.

States and other jurisdictions have made significant progress in enhancing the security of their licenses over the last number of years. As a result, approximately 70-80% of all U.S. drivers hold licenses from jurisdictions: (1) determined to meet the Act’s standards; or (2) that have received extensions. Individuals holding driver’s licenses or identification cards from these jurisdiction may continue to use them as before. 

Individuals holding licenses from noncompliant jurisdictions will need to follow alternative access control procedures for purposes covered by the Act.  As described below, enforcement for boarding aircraft will occur no sooner than 2016.”

According to the fine print, not all 50 states have driver’s licences that meet the Real ID requirements, which could possibly explain why the aforementioned regions will not qualify in 2016. However, there is no specific mention of what the requirements actually are.

The Real ID act has been controversial since its initial proposal over ten years ago and is seen by many as a massive violation of privacy. One of the primary reasons it has taken the government so long to roll this program out is that the program is wildly unpopular and creates heavy backlash every time it appears in the news.

The tightening of the Real ID restrictions are seemingly intended to push people towards attaining the newly issued “enhanced ID,” which adds more unnecessary paperwork and bureaucracy to the already tedious process involved in identification applications.


7 thoughts on “If You Live in One of These States You’ll Soon Need a Passport for Domestic Flights

  1. “…..declined to comment on why certain states have been singled out…”

    They states that were “singled out” are test subjects. The commies test every act of tyranny in a small area first, and if there’s no resistance to it, the infringement of our right spreads to a wider area.

    They’ve been attacking our right to travel freely for decades, but a lot of their tyrannical aspirations are coming to a head now because they’re running out of time. That’s why were seeing an outrageous assault on all of our rights at the same time.

    1. With the end of their beloved “gradualism” (and this fact alone proves they are getting desperate) comes the iron fist (used to be velvet glove) and with that knowledge by more and more people of what the criminal psychopathic elites are up to.

      I have a funny feeling claustrophobia is going to be a factor in whether or not folks reclaim their rights…who among us will not go nuts in various confinements?

      That scenario could be the tipping point.

  2. Umm…a passport is for INTERNATIONAL travel only? NOT domestic. Do they have any brains whatsoever? I’m guessing not. I mean talk about living in an upside down world. It’s like they are trying to make each state a different country or something. WTF?

    No other country does this domestically, not even China and yet the sheeple in the US just don’t even understand it or even care. I’d be surprised if a majority of people in the US even know what a passport is.

  3. A passport is used to have people pass through internationally during times of war. That was the point of a passport. So, I’m sorry but

    1. Are we at war? Are there soldiers beating down our doors and guns firing everywhere? Are we under attack?


    2. Aren’t states national/domestic and NOT international?

    So now we need an INTERNATIONAL passport to go state to state? WTF? It figures NY would be the state completely signed on for that since they are controlled and already occupied by the Nazi Zionists.

    I’m surprised Commiefornia isn’t on that list, especially with all of the Chinese and Mexicans. If any state resembles any kind of foreign country, it’s California these days.

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