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Alaska’s Real ID deadline is approaching

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The REAL ID act is an act of Congress which modifies federal law dealing with security, authentication, and issuance standards for state driver’s licenses and identity documents.

Real ID was recommended by the 9/11 Commission to “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.”

Originally starting out as H.R. 418 it passed the House and eventually stagnant before the original author who is James Sensenbrenner (R) of Wisconsin attached it to a military spending bill. The U.S. House of Representatives passed 368 to 58 and President Bush signed it into law on May 11, 2005.

There have been privacy concerns over REAL IDs requirements for states to share driver’s license applicants information with other states as well as creating a national electronic system storing vast amounts of detailed personal data of individuals.

In noncompliant states, driver’s licenses will no longer be accepted at TSA checkpoints and other forms such as a permanent resident card, military ID, or passports will be needed instead.

Currently, there are four noncompliant states of Real ID which are Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, and Montana.

Alaska is not a noncompliant state and has been given a limited extension to be in compliance with Real ID until the first week of June 6, 2017.

Alaskans may soon need U.S. passports by January 22, 2018 to fly on domestic flights. Also, Alaskans who live or work on U.S. military bases will not be able to gain unescorted access and will not be able to use their driver’s licenses or any form of state identification to get on federal facilities.

By October 1, 2020 Alaska will either be compliant or noncompliant depending on what actions are taken in the state.

Residents in noncompliant states are already being forced to use different forms of identification and for many getting a U.S. passport can be difficult or expensive to get.

In 2008, the Alaska state legislature passed a bill barring any funds to comply with the Real ID act. As of now there are further actions being taken to be within compliance of the Real ID Act due to the 2008 bill making it illegal to do so.

Alaska is currently facing difficult options which could make travel for residents here more difficult should the state become noncompliant.

Wasilla High school students should continue to keep up to date on news of the REAL ID Act in Alaska. Should you be traveling out of state, you soon may be caught off guard by the new requirements on January 22, 2018.

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Alaska’s Real ID deadline is approaching