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Travelers concerned about looming deadline to use Missouri driver's license to fly

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Travelers are concerned about the Real ID law that goes into effect next January. (Credit: KMOV) Travelers are concerned about the Real ID law that goes into effect next January. (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Thanksgiving week travel is set to be one of the busiest at St. Louis Lambert International Airport, with nearly 200,000 travelers expected.

However, the airport rush isn’t the only concern among passengers.

Instead, many are realizing that come Jan. 22, 2018 they may not be able to get through security with their Missouri drivers license.

“It’s frustrating because I know we’re going to be doing a lot of traveling coming up,” said Neil Pheifer, who was traveling the day before Thanksgiving to Phoenix with his daughter.

His daughter just got word about the possible changes the night before their trip.

“I couldn’t go on vacation if this was now because I have no other verification,” said Tyler Phiefer.

Missouri driver’s license aren’t compliant with federal Real ID guidelines, a program set to standardize US ID’s and meant as a safety precaution for anyone wanting access inside a federal facility, military base or commercial air travel.

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signed Real ID legislation this summer, however, according to a spokesperson for the state’s Department of Revenue, while on track, they are still working to meet federal guidelines before they can begin issuing new, compliant ID’s.

In the meantime, state officials requested an extension period with the Department of Homeland Security to ensure there aren’t any disruptions after the Jan. 22 deadline.

According to the Dept. of Homeland Security, that request for an extension is still pending.

Travelers can use alternative forms of ID such as a US passport, passport card, US military ID, permanent resident card or border crossing card. 

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