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TSA To Train Officers To Better Recognize D.C. Driver's Licenses, Says Norton

The Transportation Safety Administration is taking extra steps to remind airport security officers that the city's driver's license is valid for travel.
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The Transportation Safety Administration is taking extra steps to remind airport security officers that the city's driver's license is valid for travel.

The Transportation Safety Administration will take steps to train airport security officers to better recognize D.C. driver's licenses, according to D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton.

The announcement comes in the wake of a meeting between Norton and TSA officials, prompted by two incidents this year in which TSA officers did not recognize D.C. driver's licenses presented by two different residents trying to board flights. Both residents were eventually allowed through security.

After the second incident, TSA officials told Norton that airport security officers across the country were shown images of the three valid D.C. licenses currently in circulation. According to her office, the TSA will also hold a four-hour training in September for officers who check IDs at airports, an hour of which will be dedicated to identifying valid licenses from throughout the U.S.

“D.C. residents were caught short when their licenses were questioned. Residents are sensitive about invidious treatment, considering what Congress throws at them. I appreciate the remedial actions led by top officials at the TSA," Norton said in a statement.

In July, a similar incident took place in New Hampshire, where a group of D.C. residents were denied the opportunity to purchase liquor at a state-run store because the state's regulations required a driver's license from one of the 50 states. The liquor commission quickly clarified that D.C. licenses were valid for proof of age and identity.

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