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TSA may ban Montana driver's licenses next year

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BILLINGS, Mont. -

If you have a Montana driver license, it may not be enough to get on a plane in the new year.  

Montana driver licenses don't meet the federal standards in accordance with the REAL ID Act, so TSA may have to stop accepting them. That means you may need a passport to fly, even if it's just for a domestic flight.

Montanans don't have to worry just yet though, the state was granted an extension by the Department of Homeland Security, until October 10th 2016, to meet the federal standards.

Montana is one of only a handful of states that don't meet all of the federal requirements. State lawmakers have pushed back against the regulations due to privacy concerns.

DHS has said they will give states four months notice before their issued licenses will not be accepted as a valid form of identification while traveling so the soonest it will affect Montanans would be in early 2017.

For Montana to meet all of the requirements, there would have to be a change in state law.