February 20, 2008

The Association of Corporate Travel Executives last week called for the Department of Homeland Security to postpone implementation of its Real ID program for one year. The program, slated to go into effect May 11, would require airports to cease accepting driver's licenses issued by states not in compliance with Real ID guidelines as valid identification for travel. Travelers holding such licenses would have to present a passport or another government-approved form of identification, even for domestic travel. According to ACTE executive director Susan Gurley, at least five states have passed legislation that prohibits their meeting Real ID guidelines. Sixteen additional states, plus the District of Columbia, have yet to endorse Real ID compliance.