Starting In January Louisiana Residents May Need Secondary Form Of ID When Flying Out Of State
If you're planning on flying outside of Louisiana after January 1st, 2016, you might need a secondary form of ID.
Louisiana residents might have to look into getting a passport just to fly outside of their home state.
Governor Bobby Jindal vetoed a bill that would allow licenses to comply with the 2005 federal REAL ID Act which was enacted after September 11th. The Act aims to keep the country's security intact, as well as protect against terrorism.
Part of the Act calls for enhanced security features in driver's license. Louisiana did not upgrade their licenses, and therefore those with Louisiana ID's will need to provide further documentation.
When you think of it, passports can be a bit pricey if used for just flying out of state. They can run between $50 and over $150. Plus, you can't just walk into the Clerk of Court and walk out with your passport. It takes time.
The governor's office plans on submitting a waiver request.
Louisiana is one of only four states, as well as one U.S. territory, that are not compliant with the 2005 REAL ID Act.