Missouri gets grace period for Real ID license compliance

Gabor Degre | BDN

"Yesterday, the federal government made clear that every Minnesotan with a valid driver's license will be able to board planes, access military bases, and enter federal buildings until at least January 22, 2018", said Sen.

What happens after that remains unclear. The last extension expired Tuesday.

They have not yet granted Gov. Mark Dayton's request for another extension, which he wants to run through October 2018.

Minnesota and several other states need compliance extensions before the next phase of enforcement begins.

"Federal officials have told the governor's office that states which continue to make progress with compliance will continue to be granted these extensions", Gordon said.

Gov. Paul LePage signed a bill in April that requires the state to comply with the Real ID Act.

Muszynski said the waiver can be renewed annually through 2020, if the state can demonstrate that it is making efforts to comply.

The State Department of Motor Vehicles will start issuing new identification cards on October 30, that meet tough federal security standards.

Muszynski said Real ID applicants must provide proof of legal presence, such as a birth certificate, and agree to be photographed with facial recognition technology.

Smith and others in state government are also watching closely as the state works on a separate but related upgrade that could affect its ability to issue the new licenses.

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

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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