SPRINGFIELD,Mo.–Kent Boyd of the Springfield-Branson National Airport says, “On the day you’re no longer able to use a driver’s license, hundreds of people are going to show up unaware of what’s going on and we’re going to have big crowds at all the Missouri Airports.

The ringing in of the new year will also mean new flying requirements for Missourians at airports as a state ID won’t get you through the check point. Kent Boyd of the Springfield-Branson National Airport says using other forms of federal ID can be an inconvenience. 

“The minimum length of time it takes to get a passport is six weeks plus you’re going to pay 100 or couple 100 bucks to get it,” says Boyd. 

And for those of you with a driver’s license other than Missouri, they also have to be federally approved in order to fly. There are currently four other non-compliant states besides Missouri including Montana, Maine, Minnesota, and Washington.

Boyd says, “U.S. Congress passed the Real ID Act and what it says was that all of driver’s licenses issued by states had to be certain requirements that made them harder to counterfeit. The ultimate goal being that a terrorist couldn’t get a hold of a driver’s license.” 

Missouri State Senator Ed Emery says the state hasn’t complied with the law in part due to identity theft concerns.

“The more we gather up personal data into large blocks, the more easily a hacker can get into that data and can come up with some ways to use that data in ways that are criminal,” says Emery. 

People at the Springfield-Branson National Airport are less concerned about data breaches and more concerned about flying safely.

Traveler, Michael Fine says, “I think that having this level of security will actually expedite the TSA lines and people moving through the airports for everybody.”

Another traveler  Beverly Bullard says, “I really like the security and too much has gotten through already even when there were problems so I like the security.”  

Missouri has until the end of its session on May 12th  to make a decision on the Real ID Law.

Senator Emery says the state has requested a waiver to push back the January 22nd deadline.