Despite what some TSA agents claim, New York’s enhanced license meets REAL ID requirements

New York State’s enhanced drivers license meets all REAL ID requirements, despite some TSA agents telling Central New Yorker travelers it doesn’t.

Lori Burke, a business traveler from Canastota who’s away 45 of the 52 weeks a year, tells the Your Stories team she’s meet TSA officers at airports across the country have told her it won’t work when the law takes effect on October 1, 2020.

After September 11, 2001, a commission recommended that the federal government institute a standard for what kind of paperwork validates a person’s identity, reducing the risk of fraudulent IDs.

In New York, both REAL IDs and enhanced licenses require the same type of paperwork to verify one’s identity and will allow a passenger to board a plane.

Burke tells NewsChannel 9’s Andrew Donovan, “They all look at it, they look for the star. They say, ‘No. No. It needs a star.”

The stay they’re looking for is printed in the corner of REAL IDs.

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