COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Recently, a viewer reached out to WIS to ask about the possibility that South Carolina residents would require a passport to travel on flights in 2016.
This is part of what Homeland Security is calling the Real ID Act. It aims to strengthen security at federal buildings and on airplanes after 9/11.
The Real ID Act sets standards for state-issued drivers' licenses. In states where Homeland Security feels the state-issued license does not meet security standards, a second form of ID will be required to get into restricted areas of federal buildings.
South Carolina is a compliant state meaning Homeland Security believes the state's driver's licenses are secure.
States that are not compliant include the American Samoa, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and New York. Anyone from any of these five states who are considered non-compliant could have to use a second form of identification such as a passport to board a federally regulated plane sometime in 2016.
But no date has been set to require people in those states to carry a second form of ID.
The act simply states TSA will not require one before 2016.