Minnesota's Real ID granted grace period

Minnesota's Real ID granted grace period

Minnesota's Real ID granted grace period

The Department of Homeland Security is giving Missouri a grace period through January 22, 2018 as it reviews the state's request for another extension.

The Standard Driver License cannot be used for federal purposes, meaning TSA agents will not accept the license as ID on any flight, domestic or foreign, nor can it be used to enter a federal facility.

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

Minnesota's current extension expired Tuesday.

Under legislation approved in May, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is working to produce a driver's license that complies with the 2005 Real ID law enacted following the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.

The federal government has given ME more time to bring itself into compliance with a decade-old law regulating state-issued identification.

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 law passed in 2005 seeks to improve security standards for state-issued identification credentials.

"The Dayton administration and the House of Representatives are doing everything we can to assist and make sure Real ID is brought forward to the citizens of Minnesota for those who want to get a Real ID", he said.

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. Pratt. "Not only does this action extend our original waiver, but it signals that the federal government is willing to work with our state since the bipartisan passage of REAL ID last session".

Muszynski said the waiver can be renewed annually through 2020, if the state can demonstrate that it is making efforts to comply. Travelers will also be able to use a passport.

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