Missouri Travelers Receive Good News with REAL ID Extension
Missourians with travel plans in 2018 received good news today as the Department of Homeland Security granted Missouri an extension to implement REAL-ID compliant driver licenses. The extension means Missourians will be able to use their current forms of identification to fly domestically and enter federal facilities until Oct. 10 of next year.
During the 2017 legislative session, the Missouri General Assembly approved legislation to allow residents to obtain a photo ID that is compliant with the federal REAL ID Act. Because the current version of the Missouri driver’s license is not compliant, DHS announced in January of 2016 that Missourians would not be able to enter federal facilities and would not be able to fly domestically beginning in 2018. The federal government granted an extension to allow Missourians to continue to use their existing IDs for these purposes until January 22, and now the new extension gives Missourians additional months to utilize their existing licenses.
The state will continue to work toward the implementation of the new REAL ID-compliant licenses, and is on track to have them in place by March 2019.The Missouri Department of Revenue has begun the process to reach certification with the Department of Homeland Security. Several internal and external processes need to be changed or upgraded to obtain certification, and that process is expected to take at least 18 months. The state will have to apply for a second waiver next year in order to cover the gap between October when the current waiver expires, and also in March when the new IDs will be in circulation.
Again, Missouri residents should continue to treat renewals and new license requests as they have in the past. Once Missouri has received certification from the Department of Homeland Security that compliant identification can be issued, the Department of Revenue will take steps to notify the public that it is time to request a compliant driver license or non-drive identification card if they choose to do so.
As my office receives information regarding REAL ID, I will forward the information on to the constituents of District 117.
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