January 22, 2018, residents of nine states will need a U.S. passport to board any flight, domestic or international, according to new TSA guidelines.
Oklahoma does not currently issue a state ID that lives up to federal ID minimum security requirements, according to the REAL ID Act of 2005.According to the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, Governor Mary Fallin will ask the federal government to give the state a grace period to comply.
If that extension isn’t granted, you’ll need to use your passport, military ID or permanent resident card to board a commercial airplane to another city inside the U.S.
Oklahoma plans to become compliant with the READ ID Act by mid- to late 2019.
The eight other states currently not in compliance are Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Washington and Missouri.
Some states are in the process of updating their ID situations before January 22, so that you might not need a passport to fly—check with your local government for updates. It takes four to six weeks to get a passport request processed, so it wouldn’t hurt to start planning ahead.