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Federal law requires Real ID for air travel

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 Kansans, along with all U.S. citizens, wanting to fly will face stricter identification requirements when they take to the skies. A 12-year-old federal law, the Real ID Act, starts going into effect starting next year.

According to the Kansas Department of Commerce, Congress passed the act in 2005 establishing minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards use for air travel and entering federal facilities. It is a joint effort by the states and the Department of Homeland Security to improve the reliability and accuracy of state-issued ID documents.

The goal is limit fraud and inhibit ...


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