HELENA, Mont. — Montana’s senators say they are planning to introduce legislation to repeal federal driver’s license rules that could soon mean residents need a different form of identification to board commercial aircraft.
U.S. Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines on Thursday said they hope to repeal the driver’s license mandates in the Real ID Act, which was passed to help prevent identity theft and terrorism and requires state identification cards to meet certain standards.
The move comes months after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security denied Montana’s request for an extension to comply with the act.
As Montana has not yet brought its IDs into compliance, starting Jan. 30 state-issued driver’s licenses will no longer be acceptable identification to access military bases and other facilities. Starting January 2018 Montana licenses won’t be enough to board commercial flights.