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Louisiana driver's license still gets you on plane

7 years 2 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, December 30 2015 Dec 30, 2015 December 30, 2015 9:02 AM December 30, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONROE- Louisianians can still use their driver's licenses to fly commercial airlines Friday, despite the state's failure to comply with the federal REAL ID law.
Though the state secured a yearlong extension in October to comply with REAL ID, there remains some confusion among people who feared the requirement would kick in for Louisiana on Jan. 1 as previously scheduled.
Had the state not received the extension, Louisianians would have needed a passport to fly in 2016.
Congress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005 as a preventive measure against terrorist attacks like 9/11 with specific requirements for state-issued driver's licenses. Louisiana, Minnesota, New Hampshire and New York, as well as American Samoa, are the only states and territory that have failed to comply.

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