This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

In an open letter to the Transportation Security Administration (caution: PDF link) this week, DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton had to remind the TSA that “District of Columbia” IDs are valid.

That’s right, it’s still a “chronic problem faced by air travelers from the District of Columbia” to be turned away at airport security by TSA officers who won’t accept IDs from our nation’s capital.

Again over the Thanksgiving holiday, a DC resident was prevented from clearing security in Newark (EWR) when a TSA officer refused to accept a District of Columbia driver’s license as a “valid form of ID.” Thankfully other officers were eventually able to intervene, but the DC resident nearly missed her flight as a result.

Part of the problem dates back to 2013 when the District of Columbia changed the name on the federal district’s identification cards from “Washington D.C.” to “District of Columbia.” As Rep. Norton explains, this was “updated to comply with REAL ID.”

While that would understandably cause confusion with existing TSA officers when it was first rolled out, the problem has perplexingly persisted years after the changes were made.

Rep. Norton slams the TSA for not doing more to train officers on this problem, pointing out how it’s “humiliating for a US citizen to be delayed because a federal government employee does not recognize the name of the District of Columbia.” She calls for TSA Administrator David Pekoske to “like your predecessors, take action to ensure that all D.C. licenses and IDs in circulation” are recognized and accepted by TSA officers.

While the District of Columbia is REAL ID compliant, there are many states whose driver’s licenses still aren’t compliant:

Yellow states have received yet another an extension until October 10, 2018 to fix the issue. However, three states (New York, Michigan, Louisiana) are still under review. If the state officials aren’t successful in getting an extension, IDs from these states won’t be accepted by TSA officers beginning January 22, 2018:

H/T: Washington Post

Featured image by Joe Raedle/Getty Images.

Know before you go.

News and deals straight to your inbox every day.

2018 TPG Award Winner: Mid-Tier Card of the Year
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

NEW INCREASED OFFER: 60,000 Points

TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,200

CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
18.24% - 25.24% Variable
Annual Fee
$95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.