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ODOT, TSA warn travelers ‘Real ID’ compliance could cause massive headache

As Oregon moves to catch up with new security requirements, officials suggest passports will be the best way to clear airport security next year. (Pamplin Media Group/file)

If you’ve flown from Portland International Airport within the past couple of weeks you’ve probably received a warning from Transportation Security Administration agents while waiting to get through security: beginning Oct. 1, 2020, they’ll no longer accept state-issued identification that doesn’t comply with “Real ID” standards. 

That news surprised one Oregonian catching an early morning flight to Chicago this month. She explained to the TSA agent that she knew about the change and had obtained a new Oregon driver’s license the previous week. So, she told him, she’s ready for the new law.

Except, the TSA agent told her, she’s . . .