The Department of Homeland Security has issued a new deadline for states to comply with the new Identification Law, commonly know as “Real ID.” It is now January 22, 2018.
This law, passed in 2005, requires a uniform ID when boarding airplanes and entering military areas, among other places. Nine states; Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Washington have resisted changing their drivers’ licenses to comply with this requirement.
The law was due to take effect this month, but Homeland Security has extended the deadline until next year.
What this means for South Carolina is that starting next year, if the state does not comply, we will have to show a passport, although there is discussion about allowing other forms of ID, such as a Global Entry Card. You may want to check that you have an updated passport and it doesn’t expire before January 22, 2018.
The Post and Courier has an interesting article you may want to read: http://www.postandcourier.com/news/noncompliance-with-real-id-could-mean-real-trouble-for-s/article_bf679418-9c7f-11e6-be47-5fa2c51e2fff.html
For frequently asked questions about Real ID, go to https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-public-faqs