Published: Thu, October 19, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

North Dakota receives waiver for REAL ID compliance

North Dakota receives waiver for REAL ID compliance

Gov. Mark Dayton announced Wednesday that the state received an extension to allow old IDs at airports through October 10, 2018.

The Montana Department of Justice's Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) received an extension from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Wednesday, for the implementation of the federal identification law, REAL ID.

Minnesota officials hope to begin issuing the new licenses a year from now, which would require another federal extension since not all Minnesotans would get them at the same time. During legislative debate on the topic, some people said they would keep their current driver's licenses and use a passport to board airplanes and enter federal facilities. Lawmakers passed a measure this year creating a two-tiered licensing system that was signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee. Montana residents will have the option of choosing a Real ID compliant identification.

MVD Administrator Sarah Garcia said, "This extension gives MVD time to develop business processes, hire new staff, and acquire the necessary equipment needed to implement REAL ID".

Montana's Congressional delegations offered statements on DHS's decision.

According to the SCDMV, more than 65,000 SC residents have provided the required documents to receive a REAL ID-compliant form of identification. "I am relieved that hard-working Montanans can travel with their current state-issued identification as they prepare for the busy holiday period". Due to state and federal laws, these customers will not be able to order their REAL ID online in 2018.

The division is also working with students at MSU Billings to develop a public information campaign on Montana's efforts to meet the REAL ID requirements. Once the state is certified compliant, there will be no need for additional extension requests.

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