SPRINGFIELD, MO (KOLR) - Missouri residents won't be able to use their driver's license as a form of ID at airports In just a little over a year. KOLR 10 reports that travelers will have to use a passport, even if flying domestic. One state lawmaker is trying to keep that from happening.
Missouri is not compliant with the real 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.
The Real Id Act was passed 2005. In 2009, a Missouri 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 gonna be havoc in airports, Missouri residents trying to get on an airplane and having their licenses turned down," said Springfield Airport Spokesperson Kent Boyd
State representative Kevin Corlew says the solution is simple. House bill 151 would require the Department of Revenue to issue a Real ID compliant driver's license to residents. But, only to those who want one.
"If they have some concerns about some of the privacy issues that some people have expressed in compling with real ID then our legislation would allow them to continue to have the existing missouri driver's license,' said State Rep. 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.
State Rep. Kevin Corlew says, "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.