By: Kevin Gray
As if air travel is difficult enough at times, residents in nine states will start to find it harder to get on a plane come January if their local government does't act soon. People who live in Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington will need a second form of id to broad a plane starting January 22, 2018.
Because of the REAL ID Act of 2005, states are required to meet the federal governments minimum ID requirements to be able to use the state ID for things such as air travel. So far, those nine states have yet to improve their IDs to that level so residents will need a more secure ID to fly.
The forms of ID that would be accepted along with the state ID or a valid US Passport, a current military ID, or a valid permanent resident cards (green card).
Forbes reports that some states are in the process of updating their ID situations before January 22, so you may not need a passport to fly. It would be wise to check with your local government for updates. It also looks like even more states will fall under the TSA's flight restricted category by 2020, as ID standards will be higher then.
In any case, it takes four to six weeks to get a passport request processed, so it wouldn't hurt to start planning ahead now.