Washington gets REAL ID extension

Minnesota granted REAL ID grace period through next October

SC Gets Extension From Federal Govt. For REAL ID Compliance

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has given the state until October 10, 2018 to get into compliance with the new standard that will affect drivers licenses and ID cards.

However, DMV does not store copies of customers' identity documents, and does not use some national electronic verification systems created for Real ID. Until then, ME driver's licenses will be accepted to board aircraft and access federal facilities.

Congress passed the Real ID Act in 2005, and the North Dakota Legislature passed the final implementation bill this year.

Homeland Security granted an extension last week through January 22.

Twenty-six states are compliant with the law and others have obtained or sought extensions.

DMV said OR already meets the majority of Real ID requirements. Also many federal facilities require the new ID for entry.

The federal government is giving North Dakota more time to get driver's licenses in line with federal identification requirements for boarding a plane and getting into federal facilities. Rochester is one of only 14 DMVs in the state that issue EDLs.

The state started on the road to Real ID compliance in 2011 when the Motor Vehicle Commission switched to the "enhanced digital driver's" license.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is working to produce a driver's license that complies with the 2005 Real ID law enacted following the September 11, 2001, terror attacks. MSU-B has agreed to develop the campaign free-of-charge, with the state only shouldering costs for student materials, research, advertisement printing and on-air ad placement.

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