Feds grant ME relief as state moves to comply with Real ID

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has granted a temporary extension for Pennsylvania roll out new Real ID-compliant drivers licenses that would soon be necessary to board airplanes and enter certain government offices

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The notice of the latest extension to comply does not change very much for state residents anxious their state-issued identification will not be accepted at airports and other federal security sites.

Minnesota only approved a state law to create Real ID licenses and other identification this year.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's administration said Tuesday that the state received another deferment from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This would hopefully give the state enough time to make the compliant licenses available.

Pennsylvania is getting yet another extension to comply with a federal law that requires driver's licenses meet anti-terrorism standards.

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Real ID emerged in 2005 among a slew of legislation to address national security concerns after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and it was one of the key recommendations in the 9/11 Commission Report.

In September, PennDOT submitted the request because it won't be able to begin issuing licenses under the more stringent security standards until 2019. After years of debate, the Minnesota Legislature passed a Real ID bill earlier this year, which Dayton signed in May.

Muszynski said the waiver can be renewed annually through 2020, if the state can demonstrate that it is making efforts to comply. Real ID-compliant drivers' licenses and identification cards will be needed to board commercial aircraft beginning January 22, 2018.

Smith said he remains hopeful that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will follow through on promises to work with Minnesota as it implements the law. Several of the 9/11 hijackers had obtained state-issued driver's licenses in the months leading up to the attack. State officials say they have ironed out most of the problems, but many licensing office operators continue to express concerns about how the new system will fare when it's time to upgrade the driver's licensing portion of the program.

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