New Yorkers may need more than a driver’s license to board domestic flights

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NEW YORK — New York travelers may soon have to carry more than their licenses to get through airport security thanks to a 10-year-old act aimed at fighting terrorism.

New York State licenses don't yet meet the requirements for the Real ID Act.  Passed in 2005, the final portion of the act could go into effect as soon as next year. Meaning New York State residents would need more than their state-issued ID's to get on a plane.

"Normally I just carry a normal state ID and that's it. I figured that's enough," Patrick Delisser said as he carried his kids and his carry-on through LaGuardia Airport Wednesday.

For now, Delisser and the rest of us New Yorkers are OK just carrying our licenses for domestic flights.

But starting next year, we may have to carry more than just a New York ID to get through airport security.

Many are worried it could make traveling a painful ordeal.

"Probably more confusion and more of a cluster than it is even now," said a traveler who asked we only refer to her as "MK."

New York is one of four states -- Louisiana, Minnesota, and New Hampshire are the others -- that either don't meet the requirements for the Department of Homeland Security Real ID Act or hasn't been approved for an extension.

Enforcement could go into effect as early as next year, meaning New Yorkers would need a second form of ID like a birth certificate or a passport to get through security.

"Traveling with your passport and your license is kind of like all of your identification in the whole world on you at one time," MK said. "So if something happens you're like, 'Oh yeah, there's no way to identify me because I just lost it all.'"

New York changed its license in 2013, making it one of the most secure in the country, but the problem seems to be in the application process. The state filed for an extension that would last until at least 2020.

"We have no reason to believe that any New Yorker will have a problem using their current state-issued ID card to get on a plane come January 2016," said Case McNulty, with the Department of Motor Vehicles.

DHS said  they'll give travelers ample notice before they start enforcing the rules.

But Delisser says he'll probably keep an extra form of ID in his wallet the next time he travels just in case.

If you're worried about getting stuck at security and don't want to carry an extra card or your 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.

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