Illinois driver's licenses could be declined at airports

SPRINGFIELD - Starting in 2016, state residents may not be able to use their Illinois driver's licenses at airports.

A federal law that went into effect in 2005 sets several requirements that need to be met in order to receive a driver's license, one of which is that a birth certificate must be provided.  Currently, Illinois does not require a person to provide a birth certificate to obtain a driver's license.

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's website, residents who have driver's licenses that aren't compliant to the 2005 federal law would need to use a different valid ID at airports, such as a military ID or passport.  Only 22 states have driver's licenses that meet the federal requirements.

A spokesperson for the Illinois Secretary of State says state lawmakers would need to approve the funding needed to make the necessary changes to the driver's licenses.  Estimated costs to bring the state's driver's licenses into compliance are thought to be $100 million to $150 million.
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