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The Real ID Act was passed more than 10 years ago to crack down on fake IDs
They were previously allowed to use mere driving licenses.
But residents of some US states will soon require additional ID, such as passports, if they wish to embark on air travel - even if just domestically.
That's the new procedure on the horizon for people from states that have not yet introduced the standards required by the 2005 Real ID Act, which demands stricter regulations for state-issued IDs.
US congress passed the act 10 years ago, but it wasn't enforced until 2013.
By October 2020 the entire country will need to meet the revised standards, or face strict travel limitations.
Travellers from states that miss the deadline will risk being detained at airport security and prevented from boarding flights if they don't have a passport or other TSA-approved form of identification, such as a green card, border crossing card or military ID.