Missouri is granted grace period for tougher ID requirements

Henrietta Brewer
October 12, 2017

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has granted ME a reprieve from enforcement of the Real ID Act until next January as the state moves to become compliant with the law's requirements. The federal government only extended Minnesota and other states' grace period until January 22, the same date the law goes into effect.

The federal government has given ME more time to bring itself into compliance with a decade-old law regulating state-issued identification.

Like a number of states, Pennsylvania has received repeated extensions to comply with Real ID standards.

"The bottom line is you can use your current Minnesota driver's license to board an airplane for a domestic flight or to enter a federal facility".

Minnesota has lagged behind other states in complying with the 2005 Real ID Act, which was written following the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Minnesota has requested a REAL ID compliance extension through October 2018.

States can continue to request waivers from compliance until 2020. The standards include fingerprint and background checks for employees working in state driver's license bureaus and name checks on state residents receiving Real ID identification.

"The Dayton administration and the House of Representatives are doing everything we can to assist and make sure Real ID is brought forward to the citizens of Minnesota for those who want to get a Real ID", he said. Several of the 9/11 hijackers had obtained state-issued driver's licenses in the months leading up to the attack.

That switch began this summer, and has been plagued with glitches that caused delays and frustrations at licensing offices around the state. The new system must be fully functional by July 1, 2019, according to the new state law.

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