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Montana now compliant with Real ID Act — here’s what that means

Posted at 1:06 PM, Apr 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-17 14:49:23-04

The state of Montana is now Real ID compliant, which means after October 1, 2020, your current ID might not get you through airport security.

From now on, all IDs issued by the Montana Motor Vehicles Division will allow you to board all domestic flights after the October 1, 2020 deadline. After this date, all IDs are required to be in compliance with the Real ID Act which sets minimum requirements for an identification card in order to move through a TSA checkpoint or enter federal facilities.

The good news is that until the deadline, you’re able to get on an airplane with your current Montana ID card. But in the meantime, people should seriously consider getting a Real ID-compliant form of identification.

“For the most part, most people will have the new ID by that time. A lot of them will be expiring over the next 18 months, and they’ve been issuing since January 1st of this year, so we hope the major impact will be minimal,” said Brian Sprenger, airport director for Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport.

If you’re not sure if your ID is Real ID-compliant, check in the right-hand corner of the card. If there’s a star, then your ID is a Real ID.

Forty-two states are now Real ID-compliant; the other eight have been given an extension.

Carson Vickroy – MTN News