Missouri gets grace period for Real ID license compliance

Missouri gets grace period for Real ID license compliance

"According to (U.S. Department of Homeland Security), during this grace period, federal agencies will continue to accept driver's licenses and identification cards issued by states with pending extensions", said Sam Fettig, Gov. Mark Dayton's spokesman.

Pennsylvania is getting yet another extension to comply with a federal law that requires driver's licenses meet anti-terrorism standards.

The federal government has granted Minnesota a little breathing room in its race to comply with the federal Real ID law, but not as much time as Gov. Mark Dayton and other state officials say they need to fully implement the changes.

Gordon added the federal government has assured Minnesota, the governor's office, and others that as long as progress towards compliance is made, extensions will be granted.

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

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In September, PennDOT submitted the request because it won't be able to begin issuing licenses under the more stringent security standards until 2019.

Minnesota has been hoping that the state's driver's licenses and identification cards would get a pass at least until October of next year, when the state will start issuing licenses that conform to the federal requirements.

Residents of states that don't have waivers effective January 22 will not be able to use their IDS to board commercial aircraft.

"The State of ME, however, expects to have a valid waiver at that time", Muszynski said. Passage of that law has allowed the state to continue working toward compliance.

That switch began this summer, and has been plagued with glitches that caused delays and frustrations at licensing offices around the state.

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