The federal government is backing off its demand that Illinois and four other states bring their driver’s licenses and state ID cards to certain federal standards or see their residents face greater hassles at airports as soon as this spring.
On Friday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced there will be no security changes at airports for at least two years, with any changes beginning no sooner than Jan. 22, 2018, said Henry Haupt, spokesman for Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White.
That means Illinois-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards will continue to be accepted as primary forms of identification to board commercial airplanes for domestic travel, Haupt said.
“If people have plans, I’d say go ahead and book that flight,” Haupt said. “Your Illinois driver’s license or ID card should get you right on the plane.”