Day Ten: Let’s talk about Real ID

Okay, this is a day late but I had a rather busy day.

Fifteen years ago in 2005, President George Bush passed federal ID regulations to further monitor travel documents and, currently, all U.S. states have adhered to this law with the exception of Minnesota, Washington, Montana, Maine, and, of course, Missouri.

About a month ago, there was something filtering through my entire Facebook feed that in January of 2018, a new law would be passed that Missouri citizens would be forced to obtain a passport in order to continue flying or to be granted access to a military base. Well, surprise, it’s not a new law. That regulation is only just now circulating because Missouri had been granted an extension in 2009 after Nixon refused to comply with the federal act. That extension was, of course, until January of 2018.

So, in a nut shell, these are the Real ID regulations that 90% of the country currently abides by. In order to be able to fly under FEDERAL law, citizens must apply for a national ID that would be different from that of a regular drivers license. Now, currently, Missouri actually abides by around 34 of the 39 current Federal ID registrations. Among the five that we do not comply with are the more controversial requirements such as facial recognition and finger printing. Essentially, your picture would be filed in a federal database for who knows how long and this is all because of the terrorist threat; however, statements have been made extremely limiting who has access to the database. Of course, this brings up concerns of identify theft and basic privacy rights stated in the 4th amendment.

Now, Missouri has until January of 2018 to comply with this law; otherwise, missourians will need to have a passport to obtain access to flight travel and, if I’m not mistaken, they will either be completely denied from visits to military bases or they will need a passport for those, as well.

Essentially, Missourians will have to apply for a new identification regardless to travel; however, passports are notably expensive and have been known to take a long stretch of time to completely be processed. Therefore, Missouri either complies with federal law or passports will essentially be forced to purchase making your time at the airport more extensive due to citizens being unaware of the law and holding up the line (as they are 100% sure to do and I’m sure terminal employees are not looking forward to 2018 should this law be rejected).

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