You’ll Need a Passport for Domestic Flights


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 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.



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  • Bruce

    DHS & CBP: Papers? WTF Papers? We don’ Need NO Steenkeeng papers!

  • SonsofAnarchy5768

    Guess they want to kill the airline business, which also will hurt tourism. NO thanks I will drive! F*** this shit!

    • Bill Boinkr

      Oh and tell your friends and co workers, then you are the crazy one! It really is a mad house!

  • John Ricci

    “Your papers please”

  • Tark McCoy

    One MORE reason not to fly!

  • Occam’s Razor

    I put myself on the “won’t fly” list since 9/11. Won’t get on a plane until the perpetrators are brought to justice. So, no biggie here.

  • Chilly8

    I think part of it is to make the no-fly list more acciurate.

  • Occam’s Razor

    There’s an ad on this page that says: “Come see Israel like never before”. …didn’t Israel steal and genocide Palestine? …why on Earth would I want to visit that crime scene other than to prosecute Israel for war crimes and crimes against humanity? Please take that despicable ad down. Thanks!

  • locust415

    The USA is on its way of becoming the next USSR.

  • Nef

    Those states were not “singled out”. The issue is that they did not bring their IDs to compliance with the new federal security regulations. You may agree or disagree with the regulations, but you can’t say that they were singled out. If they update the security features of their IDs, they will be eligible to be used.