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Missouri is granted grace period for tougher ID requirements

Missouri is granted grace period for tougher ID requirements

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.

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.

Minnesota and several other states need compliance extensions before the next phase of enforcement begins.

The state's deadline for compliance was extended from Tuesday to January 22, the Maine Secretary of State's Office said in a press release Tuesday.

The federal government has given ME more time to bring itself into compliance with a decade-old law regulating state-issued identification.

Officials with the governor's office and the state Department of Public Safety pointed to a September 13 statement from Dayton's office, issued after Dayton's chief of staff met with federal officials to deliver Dayton's request for a yearlong extension.




Department of Revenue spokeswoman Anne Marie Moy says the agency asked for an extension through March 2019 as the state works to make those compliant licenses available.

The federal law under the Real ID Act, which mandates tougher proof-of-identity requirements at airports, some federal facilities and military bases, has caused privacy concerns among some Missouri lawmakers.

Minnesota has been hoping that the state's driver's licenses and identification cards would get a pass at least until October of next year, when the state will start issuing licenses that conform to the federal requirements.

States can continue to request waivers from compliance until 2020.

Minnesota has requested a REAL ID compliance extension through October 2018.


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