It was one of the many measures passed in the wake of 9/11 by the federal government to fight terrorism by creating state-issued identification cards that are more difficult to counterfeit.
They are called Real ID’s, available in most states and marked with a star in the corner of the drivers license. Mandatory if you don’t have a valid passport or military ID and plan on boarding a plane or visiting a federal facility like Ft. Leonard Wood.
The federal law was passed in 2005, and it took the Missouri legislature 12 years and a number of deadline extensions to make it happen.
But on March 25 Missouri will finally start issuing federally-compliant driver’s licenses and ID cards and no one will be happier than the airline industry.