Missouri is granted grace period for tougher ID requirements

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

The grace period went into effect Wednesday.

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.

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.

They say the state will be covered under a federal grace period until January 22, 2018.

PennDOT submitted an extension request to DHS in early September and is now awaiting DHS response. It plans to make REAL ID-complaint driver licenses and identification cards available in March 2019 upon the request of consumers. And the Maine Legislature in 2007 passed a law prohibiting the state from complying with Real ID amid concerns that it would create a de facto "internal passport".

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

"The State of ME, however, expects to have a valid waiver at that time", Muszynski said.

Those who wish to purchase a Real ID-compliant license starting in 2019 would be charged a one-time fee in addition to the current driver's license fee.

Real ID is a federal law, first approved in 2005, to set minimum security standards for federally acceptable identification. It expects to begin issuing the new licenses in October 2018.

"The Department of Homeland Security is really focused on Hurricane relief right now". A decadelong, $97 million project to upgrade the software system the state uses to process vehicle and driver's licenses is in its final stages, and in the midst of a bumpy rollout of the update related to vehicle licensing.

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