Feds grant ME relief as state moves to comply with Real ID

12 October, 2017, 01:20 | Author: Eloise Marshall
  • Pennsylvania's current extension to become compliant with federal Real ID standards expired Oct. 10 but the federal government said it will not begin enforcing REAL ID compliance until Jan. 22

Minnesota only approved a state law to create Real ID licenses and other identification this year.

The Pennsylvania Department of Homeland Security has granted a REAL ID enforcement grace period for Pennsylvania through January 22, 2018. During the grace period, ME driver's licenses and IDs will be accepted as valid identification for federal purposes, including entrance to federal facilities, said Kristen Muszynski, spokeswoman for the Secretary of State's Office. The state's plan to roll out Real ID licenses calls for the new IDs to be available in October 2018 at the earliest, and federal officials did not grant Dayton's request to extend the state's grace period to that month.

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.

Pennsylvania is getting yet another extension to comply with a federal law that requires driver's licenses meet anti-terrorism standards. "We do say, connect with the federal facility to find out what kind of identification forms they want and what they'll accept but right now your Minnesota driver's license is an acceptable form of identification for federal purposes", Gordon said.

Eventually, residents who do not have Real ID-compliant identification would to board airplanes or enter military installations, federal courthouses or federal job sites.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security had given Minnesota until October 10 to comply with the federal law, which requires state-issued drivers' licenses and identification card to meet stricter security standards. The new system must be fully functional by July 1, 2019, according to the new state law.

States can continue to request waivers from compliance until 2020.

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