Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Missouri is granted grace period for tougher ID requirements

Missouri is granted grace period for tougher ID requirements

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.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has extended a grace period that will give ME more time to comply with the federal Real ID Act.

The notice of the latest extension to comply does not change very much for state residents anxious their state-issued identification will not be accepted at airports and other federal security sites. This would hopefully give the state enough time to make the compliant licenses available.

Officials with the governor's office and the state Department of Public Safety pointed to a September 13 statement from Dayton's office, issued after Dayton's chief of staff met with federal officials to deliver Dayton's request for a yearlong extension. "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.

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Residents of states that don't have waivers effective January 22 will not be able to use their IDS to board commercial aircraft. It expects to begin issuing the new licenses in October 2018. The law passed in 2005 seeks to improve security standards for state-issued identification credentials.

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.

States can continue to request waivers from compliance until 2020.

That law gives the ME secretary of state's office until July 1, 2019, to meet the requirements of Real ID, according to Kristen Muszynski, a spokeswoman for Dunlap.

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