Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Missouri gets grace period for Real ID license compliance

Missouri gets grace period for Real ID license compliance

"During this time, federal agencies will continue to accept drivers' licenses and identification cards issued by states with these pending extension requests", said Minnesota Department of Public Safety spokesman Bruce Gordon. "So they're going to need some extra time and that's why they've instituted this grace period from now until January of 2018".

PennDOT has begun work on the implementation of REAL ID, and estimates REAL ID-compliant driver licenses and identification cards will be available at the customer's option in March 2019.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's administration said Tuesday that the state received another deferment from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The state's requests for longer extensions during which current licenses would be accepted by the federal government have not yet been granted. It expects to begin issuing the new licenses in October 2018.

Missouri has been among a handful of holdouts to the REAL ID Act of 2005, which Congress passed in the wake of terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The law passed in 2005 seeks to improve security standards for state-issued identification credentials.

After pushback from Homeland Security last October, the Legislature in April passed a bill - LD 306 - to grant the Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap the authority to bring the state into compliance.

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

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.

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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