JEFFERSON CITY — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has granted Missouri an extension for complying with federal standards for photo identification. Missouri driver licenses and other forms of state-issued IDs may now be used for federal purposes, such as boarding an airplane, through Aug. 1, 2019.
In September, DHS granted Missouri a grace period for Real ID compliance through Jan. 21, 2019, though the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) said it would not be able to issue compliant IDs until March 2019. The new extension ensures there is no gap between the end of the grace period and when Missourians can apply for a federally-compliant ID.
“I am delighted to hear DHS has granted Missouri an extension for complying with Real ID standards,” state Sen. Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, said. “This extension enables DOR to make a seamless transition into issuing new federally-compliant IDs. Now, Missourians don’t have to fear the inconvenience of not being able to board a flight or enter a military base with their state-issued IDs.”
In 2005, Congress passed the Real ID Act, creating new federal standards for state-issued identification cards following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The purpose of the act was to strengthen national security at airports, military basses and various other federal facilities, but some critics raised privacy concerns over its document retention requirement.
Since then, many states have begun the process of switching to more secure forms of identification. Last year, the Missouri General Assembly approved House Bill 151, later signed into law, making future state licenses automatically compliant with the Real ID Act unless an applicant specifically requests a noncompliant license.
For more updates on Sen. Hegeman and the 12th Senatorial District, visit the senator’s official Missouri Senate webpage at senate.mo.gov/hegeman.