BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – State officials are grappling with the implications of Louisiana's continued refusal to make its driver's license compliant with a federal national identification law.
Louisiana lawmakers enacted a prohibition against the federal REAL ID law in 2008, calling the security requirements too intrusive.
Questions have been raised about whether Louisiana residents will soon need passports to fly domestically – or face intense questioning from airport security – because their licenses don't comply with the federal standards.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has repeatedly pushed back the compliance deadline for REAL ID as 30 states refuse to obey the law.
Louisiana State Police superintendent, Col. Mike Edmonson, told a state task force Thursday that Louisiana residents are not at risk of needing a passport to fly within the coming months.