Louisiana Residents Require Additional ID for Domestic Travel
Congress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005 as a response to the 9/11 attacks. Part of the act, requires residents to show proof of citizenship or residency in order to obtain a license. Louisiana is one of the states that does not require this.
As a result of Louisiana’s non compliance to the REAL ID Act, residents of the state will have to show additional identification other than their driver’s license to travel domestically.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, Louisiana has an extension, allowing Federal agencies to accept driver’s licenses until October 10th, 2016. However, other sources say, Louisiana residents will have to use other forms of identification while travelling starting in January of 2016. Accepted forms of ID will include:
*Military of governmental IDs
* Passport Card
* Enhanced Driver’s License
* DHS Trusted Traveler Cards
Digital Driver’s Licenses are On the Rise:
In the era of the digital age, driver’s licenses are no exception to the impact technology has on our lives. Rather than toting a plastic card, drivers will be able to pull up their license on their phone. Millions of Americans store credit cards on their phones, so why not their driver’s license?
MorphoTrust, the company spearheading this digitization of licenses is forcing states to re-examine their policies so they can accomodate digital driver’s licenses in the future. According to News 6 in Orlando, in 2014 Florida was required to develop a system for issuing driver’s licenses and for “providing criminal penalties for manufacturing or possessing a false digital proof of driver license.”
The above statement opens up many other questions: how will the licenses be stored, how will they be validated, will all states accept them, will we still have physical driver’s licenses just in case? Not all of these questions can be answered, but that isn’t to say they aren’t be considered. Florida isn’t the only state that is planning to integrate digital licenses and the necessary measures to utilize them safely and effectively.
Jenny Openshaw, the VP of State and Local Sales for MorphoTrust said, drivers will simply download an app which will store their license. She then stated, “You could verify yourself one of several ways either using a pin or possibly using a selfie.” Who knew, selfies were more than just an act of whimsical vanity?
In addition to this there are a plethora of security features which the app will have. One is referred to as the “Harry Potter feature.” Openshaw says, “This shows the picture of the driver’s head rotating back and forth to indicate that their is a live connection and that the license is valid.”
Iowa has already started pilot testing and other states are developing laws similar to those Florida is creating. Until this plan is official in all 50 states, I would hold on to your license but be prepared for what is to come sooner rather than later. For more information on digital licenses, click here.
To learn more about ID scanning, please click here.
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In Texas, teens are now getting their driver’s licenses even faster without having to wait in line. The Texas Department of Public Safety is starting a new program where teens can take a driver’s license road test without having to going to the DMV. Now, instructors can be certified by DPS and give the test themselves, which is estimated to take about 30 minutes. This new program is designed to help save patrons more time and allow them toavoid having to schedule months in advance, wait in line, and finally take the road test.
To read more about Texas’ new system, please visit the Click2Houston website: http://www.click2houston.com/news/dps-no-more-waiting-in-line-for-drivers-license-road-test-at-dmv/27823258