REAL ID Extensions Granted to Nine States
Written by Andrew-Rossi on January 19, 2018
Nine states who haven’t complied with federal identification rules have been granted an extension for the REAL ID program.
In fall of 2017, the federal government notified travelers that as of Monday, January 22nd, travelers from nine states, including Montana, would no longer be able to travel domestically with only their driver’s licenses. Residents of those states would have to use alternate forms of ID such as passports, military ID, or permanent resident cards in order to pass TSA security checkpoints—even for domestic travel.
But in December, the federal government granted an extension to Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington. Their state governments now have until October 10th of this year to bring their state identification documents up to federal standards.