Here's when you'll need to change your license to a REAL ID

Henrietta Brewer
October 19, 2017

The state Department of Licensing announced the news Wednesday, and Department of Homeland Security's REAL ID website showing the current status of each state has been updated.

The extension means that those with current driver's licenses and ID cards may continue to board domestic flights and enter federal buildings and military bases without a passport.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation is now in the process of implementing REAL ID.

The requirements for commercial driver's license and identification card holders or global customers are different.

Minnesota officials hope to begin issuing the new licenses a year from now, which would require another federal extension since not all Minnesotans would get them at the same time. Now the state has an extension through October 10, 2018. The SCDMV expects this to be the last extension the state will have to request. The Motor Vehicles Division will seek another extension to give it more time to reach full compliance.

Minnesotans can continue to use their driver's licenses for federal purposes such as boarding airplanes and accessing federal facilities now until January 22, 2018.

After October 2020, only REAL ID compliant credentials will be accepted for this goal. According to the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles, unexpired SC driver's licenses and IDs can still be used to board domestic flights, enter federal buildings, and visit military installations until the new 2018 deadline.

More than 65,000 South Carolinians have brought the required REAL ID documents to SCDMV branches across the state since May 15, 2017.

The state estimates that REAL IDs will be available to the public starting in the first quarter of 2018.

That's been an open question for years as the state has struggled to satisfy the federal Real ID Act.

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