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  On Oct. 1st, anyone hoping to fly will need identification that is Real ID- compliant   Why Real ID is important?  

Story by Chris McGinness - Story Source
Published on Wednesday April 21, 2021 - 12:42 PM

PORTLAND, Oregon - Beginning Oct. 1, anyone hoping to board an aeroplane must have identification that is compliant with the Department of Homeland Security's tighter airport screening process.

A simple Oregon driver's license that does not have the Real ID option does not meet that criterion. And so far, the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) says they've only issued about 177,000 Real IDs since the option first became available to Oregonians in July 2020.

It's important to know that this really only applies to people with air travel plans, but even unexpected air travel becomes necessary sometimes.

"One of the biggest concerns at TSA and the airport too, is people who don't fly very often. And then suddenly they get invited to a wedding across the country," said David House, an Oregon DMV spokesman. "It may be too late because it can take time to get the documents to prove that you're you, prove your identity, prove your legal residence in order to get a passport or in order to get a driver's license with a Real ID option."