In 2004, the 9/11 Commission report found that “For terrorists, travel documents are as important as weapons.” In response to these findings the REAL ID Act was ratified in 2005 to make driver’s licenses more difficult to forge, in an attempt to secure our boarders. Met with bipartisan support, the act was ratified quickly.
However, a small group of states including Oklahoma, Arizona, Maine, and Louisiana opposed the bill, considering it “unnecessary federal oversight” and a waste of funds.
Soon residents in non-compliant states will face further ramifications from the REAL ID act as phase 3 restrictions are about to take effect. Starting in January 2015, cardholders from the aforementioned states will be required to provide secondary forms of photo ID at federal buildings such as courthouses and city council chambers.
Travelers with said IDs may need a second form of Identification to board commercial airlines starting in 2016, unless more secure IDs are created and deployed.
To read more about the REAL ID Act and whether or not it affects you, see the provided link below.