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Minnesota gets one Real ID extension, but will need another soon

12 October 2017, 01:16 | Randall Craig

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On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced it extended the deadline for more than 20 states to comply with the REAL ID standards. 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. 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.

Gov. Paul LePage signed a bill in April that requires the state to comply with the Real ID Act.

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The Real ID Act set national standards to improve the security of state-issued identification to prevent undocumented immigrants and terrorists from obtaining US driver's licenses.




Gordon added the federal government has assured Minnesota, the governor's office, and others that as long as progress towards compliance is made, extensions will be granted. The new system must be fully functional by July 1, 2019, according to the new state law.

The federal government in January stopped permitting access to secure federal facilities to visitors without Real ID compliant identification unless their state received a temporary waiver from compliance. Travelers will also be able to use a passport.

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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