The Transportation Safety Administration wants all Texas residents to make sure they have an updated driver’s license or other acceptable form of identification before they try to board an airplane late next year.

TSA spokeswoman Carrie Harmon said Friday that her agency wanted to give travelers plenty of notice about new ID requirements that will take effect on Oct. 1, 2020. Standing at a podium near the TSA security checkpoint at the Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport, Harmon said Texans who don’t have qualifying IDs should take action now to get them. Congress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005 in hopes of strengthening the security of identification following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It required all states to meet minimum standards to insure the identity of people seeking driver’s licenses and ID cards. Those standards included proof of identity, date of birth, social security number, lawful status, and primary address.

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