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Sep 23, 2015 12:00 AM

Don't worry, you can still fly with your NH ID - at least for now


CONCORD - The story went viral enough the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport took to Twitter yesterday to put out the fire - you can still board an airplane with your driver’s license, New Hampshire residents.

It is true that New Hampshire is one of four states - Louisiana, Minnesota and New York are the others - which are not members of the Real ID program that issued a nationwide complaint license.

As a result, airlines have announced that at some point those residents may need a second ID such as a Passport to board a plane.

Several media outlets revived this story noting some reports had airlines making the move as soon as next January.

In response, Manchester airport tweeted the following, "In response 2 media coverage re. REAL ID, be advised that your NH Driver's License is still valid for travel.’’

But the Department of Homeland Security recently put out this advisory in response to reports that as of January 1, fliers will need that second ID.

“DHS will ensure the public has ample advance notice before identification requirements for boarding aircraft change," the statement read. "That notice will include information on the process for individuals with a non-compliant driver’s license or identification card to be able to travel by aircraft.”

Real ID was immensely politically unpopular among New Hampshire political figures at the time of its adoption in 2005.

New Hampshire passed laws refusing to join in the program and the state’s congressional delegation stepped in to give the home state an exemption from any federal punishment.


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