BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) is moving forward with implementing REAL ID compliant and non-compliant drivers' licenses and identification cards. The move comes after Governor John Bel Edwards signed two bills into law regarding the new forms of identification.
According to U.S. Homeland Security, the REAL ID Act established a minimum security standards for state-issued drivers' licenses and identification cards and bans federal agencies from accepting licenses or ID cards from states that do not meet the standards.
The Louisiana OMV says it must now submit a certification plan to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
According to the federal government, beginning in 2018 residents of states whose licenses and ID cards fail to meet REAL ID standards will have to show a federally recognized form of identification to board a domestic flight.
By 2020, every air traveler will need identification that complies with REAL ID. The state OMV says residents who currently hold a valid driver's license or ID do not need to immediately replace it to board a domestic flight.
The bills Governor Edwards signed into law on Tuesday will let Louisiana drivers decide whether they want a license that complies with the federal law or one that does not. The OMV expects to begin issuing REAL ID compliant and non-compliant credentials in Fall 2016.
For more information regarding Louisiana's implementation of the REAL ID visit the state's OMV website.