A solution to Kentucky's "Real ID" conundrum that would let residents board domestic flights next year without flashing their passports cleared the state House of Representatives Tuesday but still needs approvals from the Senate and the governor.
The federal government’s “Real ID” law – a 2005 anti-terrorism measure – requires new security features for state driver’s licenses, but concerns about federal overreach have made some lawmakers cautious about complying.
This year, however, the Kentucky General Assembly faces significant pressure to address the situation before air travel becomes a frustrating experience for Kentuckians.
If Kentucky doesn’t take steps to comply with the Real ID standards, residents would need to show a form of ID other than their non-compliant driver’s licenses – such as a passport – to board domestic flights starting in 2018. House Bill 410, which state representatives approved in a 77-19 vote Tuesday, suggests a voluntary fix that lets people avoid that kind of hassle.