Airports To Stop Accepting Missouri Driver's License in 2018

The badge and TSA logo patch are seen on the uniform of a Transportation Security Administration employee at one of the security checkpoints inside Lambert- St. Louis International Airport Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KOLR/CNN Wires) -- In just a little over a year, Missouri residents won't be able to use their driver's license as a form of ID at airports. Travelers will have to use a passport, even if flying domestic, KOLR-TV reports.

One state lawmaker is trying to keep that from happening.

Right now. Missouri is not compliant with the Read ID Act. Federal agencies and military bases don't accept a Missouri issued ID. In 2018, airports won't either.

That's why State Representative Kevin Corlew has pre-filed House Bill 151 which would allow Missourians to get an ID compliant with the federal act.

"Missouri has had 11 years to deal with it, so now we are getting up to crunch time," said Kent Boyd, with Springfield-Branson Airport. The Real ID Act was passed in 2005 and in 2009, state law meant to protect the privacy of citizens kept Missouri from complying with the federal act.“If they don't get it fixed in the next 13 months there's going to be havoc in airports, Missouri residents trying to get on an airplane and having their licenses turned down," Boyd explained.

Missouri residents would have to use a passport.

House Bill 151 would require the Department of Revenue to issue a Real ID compliant driver's license to residents.

"If they have some concerns about some of the privacy issues that some people have expressed in complying with Read ID, then our legislation would allow them to continue to have the existing Missouri driver's license,” State Representative Kevin Corlew.

The fees would be the same, but the state would add documents used for identification to a database, and a photo to software that uses facial recognition.

Corlew added "it is important especially from the security aspect."

Boyd says all airports in Missouri, including St. Louis, Kansas City, and Springfield plan to tell their legislators that this issue needs to be fixed.

The TSA has set up a 'rumor central' web page to answer questions people may have about the changes. Click here to view it.

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