Chatter on Social Media and news channels has said that if you live in Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Vermont, and Washington you will not be able to get on a flight sometime in 2016.
After I began to do a bit of research, I have discovered that this could be true. In accordance with the REAL ID act of 2005 I found this statement. "Boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft A driver’s license or identification card from a noncompliant state may only be used in conjunction with a second form of ID for boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft." The enforcement date is listed as "no sooner than 2016". Homeland security went on to say that ample notification will be given before the enforcement starts.
There are a few option if you live in one of the above listed states that do not issue REAL IDs to everyone.
1. In Minnesota you are able to apply for an Enhanced ID. You can find the information on how to get one at this (LINK).
2. Apply for a known traveler program such as Global Entry.
3. Use your US Passport.
4. View here for a full list of documents the TSA will accept when the REAL ID act is fully enforced.
I often encourage people to get a Passport, even if you do not have an international trip planned, it is nice to have. Should your ID get stolen or you can't find it a passport can be used for proving who you are when needed.
Also with some of the known traveler programs you also receive TSA Precheck. If you have not been able to use the TSA Precheck line before, let’s just say it is the BEST thing!
So the "chatter" on social media has some truth to it. An official date has not been published yet, but it is on the way.