Missouri Granted Extension for Federal ID Compliance-Again

By MCNS Staffimages

Missouri has been given another extension in order to comply with stricter requirements outlined by the federal Real ID Act.

Bridging the current extension, which is set to end on October 10th, the new grace period allows Missouri until January 21, 2019 to comply with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

“During this grace period, federal agencies will accept Missouri-issued driver licenses and ID cards for official purposes, including domestic air travel,” Missouri Department of Revenue Director Joel Walters said, according to KMOV.com.

Compliance hangs on Missouri IDs meeting the conditions of proof-of-identity guidelines, needed at airports, some federal facilities and military bases.

Some Missouri lawmakers worried about privacy have held up compliance with federal law for years. A new Missouri law that took effect in August 2017 gives residents the option of obtaining new driver’s licenses or other identification that meets the federal requirements.

According to local reports, Missouri Department of Revenue officials expect the state to be compliant with the Real ID Act in March 2019.

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