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Real ID deadlines cause confusion for some Montanans

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There's some conflicting information circulating online about the Real ID Act. This battle started in 2005, and 12 years later, we're still talking about deadlines and extensions.

One post making the rounds on Facebook says Montanans need an alternate form of identification to board a plane starting next week, but that’s not true.

It's not just social media posts confusing people. The Department of Homeland Security website also says Jan. 22 is the cutoff for using a state-issued ID that isn't Real ID compliant.

Montana has an exception, though. Our state received another extension, which gives Montana travelers until Oct. 10 before they need a different form of identification to get on a flight. That doesn't necessarily mean you need a Real ID compliant card. You can also use a passport, a permanent resident card or several other forms. You can find the full list here.

Click here for more information on the Real ID Act and upcoming deadlines.

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