Washington gets REAL ID extension through October 2018

Sen. Carla Nelson Minnesotans can fly worry free

The federal government extended Minnesota's waiver to comply with federal REAL ID standards until at least October 10, 2018, at which point Minnesota driver's licenses will be REAL ID compliant, announced Senator Carla Nelson [R-Rochester].

ME is receiving a yearlong extension from enforcement of federal requirements for state driver's licenses and ID cards.

Real ID is a 2005 federal law that set minimum security standards for identification. "You put yourself in a better position to avoid the line and potentially be able to order your REAL ID license from home next year".

However, DMV does not store copies of customers' identity documents, and does not use some national electronic verification systems created for Real ID.

The extension will prevent Minnesotans from running into problems when the next phase of Real ID enforcement begins at airports on January 22.

Under the Real ID Act, identification from a state that is in compliance with the act or has an extension for compliance, or another form of ID acceptable for federal purposes, is required to access certain federal facilities.

DMV said OR already meets the majority of Real ID requirements. That gave the state the grounds to seek the extension that was granted Wednesday.

The North Dakota DOT is in the process of implementing Real ID and expects those credentials to be start being issued next summer. MVD will request another one year extension in 2018, and will continue to work with DHS to ensure full compliance with the law.

Governor Mark Dayton indicates with REAL-ID licenses, the state could well do a phased rollout.

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