A little more than a year from now, Oregonians may not be able to board a commercial flight if they try to use their current driver’s license as identification.

Travelers will be required to present a Real ID compliant form of identification, and Oregon’s current driver’s license will not work. To make things more complicated, the Oregon Department of Transportation warns it is unlikely to be able to update every Oregonian’s license in time. It’s a mess brought to you by security concerns from the federal government and the state of Oregon’s lack of preparation.

If you think you are likely to fly soon after the requirement kicks in Oct. 1, 2020, a passport or passport card will work — just not a current driver’s license. So it is worth considering getting a passport or passport card, if you don’t have one.

The Real ID requirement was passed by Congress in 2005. It was a reaction to security concerns from the Sept. 11 attacks. The idea is that there would be stricter national standards for identification. Oregon’s current driver’s licenses do not meet all the requirements of Real ID. The DMV won’t be able to start issuing them until sometime in July 2020. The time between July 2020 and Oct. 1, 2020, is not believed to be long enough Oregonians updated, even if the DMV staffs up.

Real ID compliant licenses require more documentation, including: a U.S. birth certificate or valid U.S. passport; your Social Security number, such as from your Social Security card; and two proofs of address, such as from a utility bill and a vehicle registration.

Applicants will need to provide hard copies for scanning. Oregon will also charge an additional fee for a Real ID compliant license, rather than a regular one.

Oct. 1, 2020, may seem a long way off. Taking action soon may help prevent aggravation.

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