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Homeland Security Gives Missouri an Extension on Real ID

WASHINGTON -- Missouri officials received word Monday from the Department of Homeland Security, that the state has been granted a temporary extension to implement its new Real ID law.

Missouri had received several extensions of the law because the state legislature failed to move forward on the issue. In 2016, the federal government notified the state that no more extensions would be granted.

The legislature passed the law in the regular session and Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) signed the bill in June.  Monday, DHS notified the state it has until October 10, 2017 to fully comply.

The REAL ID Act was passed in 2005 to increase national security, and new standards under the Act require Missourians and all Americans to have a photo ID that follows certain requirements before boarding airplanes, entering federal buildings, and other facilities.

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill (D) and Roy Blunt (R) sent a letter to DHS Secretary John Kelly in late June, in support of an extension for Missouri.

“It’s important that Missourians are able to continue business as usual while the state works on transitioning to new IDs,” said McCaskill, in a joint statement issued Tuesday with Blunt.
“I appreciate Secretary Kelly’s action, which will ensure Missouri families are able to continue traveling and using their IDs at federal facilities while the new law is being implemented,” said Blunt.

Officials at Missouri's Fort Leonard Wood Army post reminded the public the Real ID Act was not yet being enforced.

The REAL ID Act was passed after 9/11 to increase national security, and new standards under the Act require Missourians and all Americans to have a photo ID that follows certain requirements before boarding airplanes, entering federal buildings, and other facilities.

"This means those wishing to visit Fort Leonard Wood will no longer have to present a second form of identification along with their driver's license to gain access to the installation.
Extensions have been granted for 30 states and territories, including Missouri. The extension allows for federal agencies to accept driver’s licenses and identification cards from these states and U.S. territories at federal facilities and nuclear power plants until Oct. 10, 2017," the statement said.

According to the DHS website:  

Starting January 22, 2018, passengers who have driver’s licenses issued by a state that is not yet compliant with REAL ID and that has not received an extension will need to show an alternative form of acceptable identification for domestic air travel. Please see TSA’s website for a list of acceptable forms of identification. Passengers who have licenses issued by a state that is compliant or that has an extension to become compliant with REAL ID requirements may continue to use their licenses as usual. For a list of states already in compliance or with an extension visit DHS’s REAL ID webpage. DHS continually updates this list as more states come into compliance or obtain extensions. 

Starting October 1, 2020, every air traveler will need to present a REAL ID-compliant license or another acceptable form of identification for domestic air travel. A REAL ID compliant license is one that meets, and is issued by a state that complies with, the REAL ID Act’s security standards. 
 


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