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  • What the real ID legislation means for you

    If you’ve not been following the impending dates of The Real ID Act, now is definitely the time to start doing your research.

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    The bill will have a major impact on any commercial travel you plan on taking in the upcoming year.

    The Real ID Act

    The Real ID Act requires U.S. citizens to provide IDs that meet federal standards when boarding commercial flights, entering federal facilities and nuclear plants, and entry to military bases. With Missourians expected to be compliant by March 2019, the largest impact most will face is the need for an enhanced form of ID that meets the standards to board commercial flights, even when traveling within the U.S.

    As it stands now, the Missouri driver's license is not compliant with federal standards. Licenses that are considered suitable are marked with a gold or black star in the corner of the card. Or the card will explicitly state: “Not for federal identification.”

    Missouri has been granted an extension through January 21st, 2019 to comply with the Real ID act’s standards.

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    What steps should you take?

    While Missourians have until January 2019 to comply with the act, taking steps to prepare now will ensure any future travel that is: upcoming, expected, or variable for the year of 2019.

    Getting a U.S. passport is a 100 percent approved form of ID to board a commercial aircraft, or for a select few, get into a nuclear facility or government institution. Getting a passport can be an arduous process - filling out application forms, providing proof of identity, and documented proof of U.S. citizenship, as well as gathering passport fees, and having an acceptable photo taken to be included in your passport.

    You also must sign the application in front of a postal employee so they can witness your signature. Then, after everything is submitted, you should allocate approximately four to six weeks to receive your passport. Of course you can have your passport expedited for a price, but even then it can take approximately for two to three weeks.

    The moral of the story - give yourself plenty of time to apply and receive a U.S. passport.

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