Missouri is granted grace period for tougher ID requirements

Real ID debate continues

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's administration said Tuesday that the state received another deferment from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The latest extension will push the grace period 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.

In September, PennDOT submitted the request because it won't be able to begin issuing licenses under the more stringent security standards until 2019. This would hopefully give the state enough time to make the compliant licenses available.

Like a number of states, Pennsylvania has received repeated extensions to comply with Real ID standards.

But many states balked at what they saw as federal overreach. Legislation enacted earlier this year set that deadline for getting the state fully up to speed on Real ID.

Minnesota has requested a REAL ID compliance extension through October 2018.

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. Starting Jan. 22, 2018, travelers who want to board domestic flights need to present a compliant identification or an accepted alternative, such as a US passport or passport card.

Rep. Dennis Smith, R-Maple Grove, the author of that bill, said state officials hope the federal government will eventually grant an extension through October 2020.

Smith said he remains hopeful that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will follow through on promises to work with Minnesota as it implements the law.

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