Louisiana driver’s license still gets you on plane

MONROE— Louisianians can still use their driver’s licenses to fly commercial airlines Friday, despite the state’s failure to comply with the federal REAL ID law.

Though the state secured a yearlong extension in October to comply with REAL ID, The News-Star reports there remains some confusion among people who feared the requirement would kick in for Louisiana on Jan. 1 as previously scheduled.

Had the state not received the extension, Louisianians would have needed a passport to fly in 2016.

Congress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005 as a preventive measure against terrorist attacks like 9/11 with specific requirements for state-issued driver’s licenses. Louisiana, Minnesota, New Hampshire and New York, as well as American Samoa, are the only states and territory that have failed to comply.

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