Feds grant ME relief as state moves to comply with Real ID


Feds grant ME relief as state moves to comply with Real ID

The grace period went into effect Wednesday.

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".

Minnesota's extension for Real ID enforcement expired Tuesday, but state officials say there's no reason for concern.

"According to (U.S. Department of Homeland Security), during this grace period, federal agencies will continue to accept driver's licenses and identification cards issued by states with pending extensions", said Sam Fettig, Gov. Mark Dayton's spokesman. That provides just over three more months in which Minnesotans can keep using their driver's licenses to get through airport security and in to military bases and some other federal buildings - rather than needing an upgraded, Real ID-compliant license that comes with more substantial security checks.

PennDOT submitted an extension request to DHS in early September and is now awaiting DHS response. It expects to begin issuing the new licenses in October 2018.

Real ID emerged in 2005 among a slew of legislation to address national security concerns after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and it was one of the key recommendations in the 9/11 Commission Report.

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.

Residents of states that don't have waivers effective January 22 will not be able to use their IDS to board commercial aircraft.

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

"The Department of Homeland Security is really focused on Hurricane relief right now".