New Yorkers have until 2018 to fly domestically with their NY State driver’s license

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NEW YORK — People with New York State IDs will have to carry an extra form of identification when they fly domestic flights starting Jan. 22, 2018, thanks to the Real ID Act.

The Department of Homeland Security released a statement Friday.

Effective January 22, 2018, air travelers with a driver’s license or identification card issued by a state that does not meet the requirements of the REAL ID Act (unless that state has been granted an extension to comply with the Act) must present an alternative form of identification acceptable to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in order to board a commercial domestic flight.

New York is one of the 27 states that doesn't meet the requirements for the Department of Homeland Security Real ID Act or hasn't been approved for an extension.

However, if New York makes changes to meet the requirements in the Real ID Act, then travelers can fly within the U.S. with their state-issued licenses.

Only 23 states have state-issued IDs that are fully compliant with the Real ID act.

The DHS is allowing all states that are not Real ID-friendly to makes changes before the January 2018 deadline.

New York changed its license in 2013, making it one of the most secure in the country, but the problem is the application process.

For travelers who are worried about getting stuck at security and don't want to carry an extra card or their passport, New York State does offer an enhanced drivers license, or EDL, that meets the Real ID Act requirements. That ID costs $30 more than a normal license and has a more in-depth application process.