MONTVILLE, NJ – New Jersey airline passengers who fly domestically will need passports beginning Jan. 22, 2018, according to Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi.

Speaking at the Jan. 23 Montville Township Republican Club meeting, Grossi said the Real I.D. Act precludes New Jersey drivers from using their driver’s license as identification for domestic travel, since NJ licenses do not meet Department of Homeland Security standards. Therefore residents 18 and older will need to obtain a passport or other TSA-approved I.D. to fly.

According to the Department of Homeland Security website, New Jersey has an extension for REAL I.D. enforcement through Oct. 10, 2017 and, as such, travelers can continue to use their license to fly in the U.S. and access Federal facilities and nuclear power plants. However, starting Oct. 1, 2020, every air traveler will need a REAL I.D.-compliant license, or another acceptable form of identification, for domestic air travel.

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U.S. Post Offices will accept passport applications, and the Morris County Clerk’s office accepts applications as well.

For more information about the passport process, go to the U.S. government’s passport website.

Grossi also alerted residents to the Property Alert system.

“We have noticed many scams in which fake deeds and liens are being filed, and it’s possible to not know about these cases of fraud for years,” Grossi said. “So we launched this program on Jan. 20. Residents can sign up for free, using their block and lot number, and they will receive a notice if any kind of filing is made against their property.”

To register for this program, click: Property Alert.