Your Illinois driver’s licenses may not be good to fly in 2016

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois residents might not be able to use their driver’s licenses at airports starting in 2016.

The Daily Herald reports the licenses don’t meet requirements set by a 2005 federal law on IDs that was meant to increase security. Illinois doesn’t require a birth certificate to get a driver’s license, which an Illinois  Secretary of State spokesman says is one of the law’s mandates.

The spokesman says state legislators would have to approve funding for changes to driver’s license requirements. The Secretary of State’s office previously estimated it would cost $100 million to $150 million to be in compliance.

Driver’s licenses meet the federal mandates in 22 states. As early as 2016, the Department of Homeland Security website says travelers with noncompliant driver’s licenses would need another valid ID, such as a passport or military ID.

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11 comments

  • M. Broady

    So what exactly is needed to make them compliant to meet the federal security mandates? Not that we can do anything about it, but it’d be nice to know the requirements . . . I mean, if you actually want to do this journalism thing otherwise just ‘share’ someone else’s news. ;)

    • MrKrabs

      It says you need a birth certificate to get your license. That would mean everyone with a current IL license would need to go in with a legal copy of their birth certificate (unless you said you were born in Hawaii) and renew the license; even if it is not due to be renewed. Otherwise, you have to drive, take a cab, limo, train, ship, or bus to your distant destination. Or, combination there of.

  • Bess Moore

    The illegals move around the country freely but legal Illinoisans need more and better ID?? I don’t get it!! What do they suggest we use??

  • Lesann100

    A passport is only required if you travel overseas….so if you dont travel…that is a waste of extra time and extra money it costs to get one. This is ridiculous Illinois get with the times!

    • MrKrabs

      Homeland Security says that a US Passport would be an acceptable means of ID to fly domestically. If you have a passport, you can wait until your IL license is due for renewal and bring a birth certificate at that time. Meanwhile, your passport will work just fine.

  • MrKrabs

    I’m sure that Illinois will file for a special dispensation until they work out a solution. Hey, take the $100M out of Homeland Security’s budget if it makes them feel that much more in control. Thank Congress for creating this monster agency. They converted all the private airport security workers into Federal employees, gave them a raise, and endless benefits. I should have applied for that work and quite my job back then. I could have spent hours droning away at O’Hare repeating the same words endlessly and glancing at IDs and boarding passes. Not to mention pestering elderly fliers to make sure they weren’t carrying knitting needles.

  • pbmurray

    leave it to Illinois to screw up something so simple as making driver’s licenses valid; and then forcing taxpayers to pay for the added cost of changing the requirements. how can it be that making copies of valid birth certificates could possibly cost $150M