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Aug 10 2017
2 weeks ago
10:51 AM MDT

Have YOU Heard the News? Select States May Require Passports for Domestic Flights in 2018

Aug 10, 2017 @ 10:51 AM MDT
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UPDATE – It appears that all states are now compliant or have been given an extension to become compliant before January 22nd, 2018. The current round of extensions are currently under review. Once a determination on a state’s status is made, these extensions will end October 10th, 2017.

Starting in 2018, there will be nine U.S. states that may require passports for their residents to board an airplane even if it is a domestic flight. That means that if you’re going to take a flight and you have a state-issued ID from one of the following nine states, you will need a passport to go anywhere.

  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Washington

Why the change? The Real ID Act of 2005 states that the IDs issued in the above nine U.S. states do not meet the minimum security standards as issued by the federal government and will require an alternative form of identification in order to board a domestic flight. Examples of acceptable forms of identification include U.S. military or dependent ID, DHS trusted traveler cards, airline or airport-issued ID, passport book or passport card, or federally recognized tribal-issued photo ID.

Save on Passport Photos w/ These Tips:


CVS Photo: Passport Photos are available at thousands of CVS/Pharmacy locations for just $13.99! Photo technicians will shoot your photo right there in the store and print them according to strict federal regulations. Go here to print a $2 off coupon with your ExtraCare Card.


Walgreens Photo: Get your picture taken and receive two perfectly sized, professional-quality photos printed in compliance with government regulations at Walgreens Photo for just $13.99 – available in 1 hour or less! Go here for ways to save $2 on your photos in-store.


Target: If you already have a digital photo available, you can upload your photo using Target Photo’s passport photo guidelines and they will ship identical copies to you or you can pick up in store! One passport photo order will consist of two (2) identical 2″ x 2″ photos on a 5″ x 7″ sheet for just $9.99.


Walmart: Similar to Target, simply upload a compatible file you have and make any necessary edits you need online. Walmart Photo provides two (2) identical 2″×2″ passport photos on a 4″×6″ sheet starting at $7.44. All 2″×2″ passport photos are printed on Fujifilm Crystal Archive Photo Paper. Once created, the resulting image can be picked up in one hour in your local store.


Costco: If you’re a Costco member, most Costco Photo Centers can deliver a pair of Passport photos while you shop for only $4.99. Go here for more details.


Sam’s Club: Ever needed last minute passport photos for a trip or important application? Now 1-hour passport photos are available at all Sam’s Club Photo locations and cost just $4.96 for two photos.

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