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Yes, OF COURSE this includes NY!

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-09-19/if-you-live-these-states-youll-soon-need-passport-domestic-flights

Submitted by John Vibes via TheAntiMedia.org,

To comply with the 2005 Real ID Act, which the U.S. government has been slowly implementing for the past decade, citizens in a number of different U.S. states will now be forced to obtain a passport if they want to board an airplane - even for domestic flights.

The Department of Homeland Security and representatives with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection have declined to comment on why certain states have been singled out, but starting in 2016, residents of New York, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and American Samoa will need a passport to fly domestically. All other states will still be able to use their state-issued driver's licenses and IDs - for now, at least.

According to the Department of Homeland Security's guidelines on enforcement of the Real ID Act,

"The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on December 20, 2013 a phased enforcement plan for the REAL ID Act (the Act), as passed by Congress, that will implement the Act in a measured, fair, and responsible way.

Secure driver's licenses and identification documents are a vital component of our national security framework. The REAL ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, enacted the 9/11 Commission's recommendation that the Federal Government 'set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver's licenses.' The Act established minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for certain purposes driver's licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the Act's minimum standards. The purposes covered by the Act are: accessing Federal facilities, entering nuclear power plants, and, no sooner than 2016, boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft.

States and other jurisdictions have made significant progress in enhancing the security of their licenses over the last number of years. As a result, approximately 70-80% of all U.S. drivers hold licenses from jurisdictions: (1) determined to meet the Act's standards; or (2) that have received extensions. Individuals holding driver's licenses or identification cards from these jurisdiction may continue to use them as before.

Individuals holding licenses from noncompliant jurisdictions will need to follow alternative access control procedures for purposes covered by the Act. As described below, enforcement for boarding aircraft will occur no sooner than 2016."
According to the fine print, not all 50 states have driver's licences that meet the Real ID requirements, which could possibly explain why the aforementioned regions will not qualify in 2016. However, there is no specific mention of what the requirements actually are.

The Real ID act has been controversial since its initial proposal over ten years ago and is seen by many as a massive violation of privacy. One of the primary reasons it has taken the government so long to roll this program out is that the program is wildly unpopular and creates heavy backlash every time it appears in the news.

The tightening of the Real ID restrictions are seemingly intended to push people towards attaining the newly issued "enhanced ID," which adds more unnecessary paperwork and bureaucracy to the already tedious process involved in identification applications.
 

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"The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced ............ enforcement plan for the ....... (the Act), as passed by Congress, that will implement the Act in a measured, fair, and responsible way." WOW! DHS is going to start enforcing the law as passed by Congress? What a concept! Does that mean deporting illegal aliens, doing away with 'sanctuary cities' and prosecuting criminals instead of making life more difficult for the average citizen?
 

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But you still don't need an ID to vote?
 

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You can get an enhanced Drivers License from New York and that would meet the requirements.
http://dmv.ny.gov/or...ver-license-edl

What is an enhanced driver license (EDL)?

If you are a US citizen and NYS resident, you can apply for a NYS Enhanced Driver License (EDL) that can be used instead of a passport to return to the US by land or sea from Canada, Mexico and some countries in the Caribbean.

1. An EDL is not acceptable for air travel between these countries.

2. A NYS EDL is compliant with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI).
 

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You can get an enhanced Drivers License from New York and that would meet the requirements.
Yes, you can pay extra for it. Comrade Andy, I think, decided that it was not necessary for NYS DMV to switch to 100% enhanced DL, so he could save us all money. Now, if you don't have a passport, you have only 3 months to get an enhanced DL. I am sure our very efficient DMV will be up to the challenge of issuing MILLIONS of enhanced DL in that short time, without delay or errors. I'll bet if you've already paid for the regular DL that you will not receive refund/credit now that you have to get the more expensive enhanced DL. More revenue for DMV. " Our DMV is unique in that we are the only state still offering non-compliant IDs to the general population, but will only offer Enhanced Drivers Licenses (which comply with the REAL ID Act), for an additional fee, to those who are privileged enough to be able to absorb the additional cost." see http://www.nysenate.gov/press-release/senator-crocis-statement-governor-cuomo-regarding-nys-dmv "Senate Bill 5842, which directs the department of motor vehicles to re-issue drivers licenses which are compliant with the federal REAL ID act, to all eligible New Yorkers, at no additional cost. "
 

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Results for Client Identification (CID) Number: ********* Fee Breakdown: Total Fee: $80.50 License Class Fee: $30.00 License Class: DM Photo Document Fee: $12.50 Enhanced Document Fee: $30.00 Metropolitan Commuter Transportation District Fee: $8.00 So the $30 fee goes up to a mere $80 for me! Total Fee: $80.50
 

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I've had one of the enhanced liceneses since they came out. It wasn't that hard to get. It is more work on the states end. God forbid should anyone at the DMV have to work harder could be a problem. I'm all for the enhanced DL if it keeps states from issuing Id's to illegals. I pay my taxes, follow the law so why should someone that broke the law to come here get rewarded with a legit id, that just feels like a slap in the face. I'm also for having to show id to vote, it would help to keep everything honest. (And that is why the democrats fight against it).
 
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