REAL ID Enforcement Grace Period Granted for Pennsylvania

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

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

The federal government only extended Minnesota and other states' grace period until January 22, the same date the law goes into effect.

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.

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.

"The bottom line is you can use your current Minnesota driver's license to board an airplane for a domestic flight or to enter a federal facility". This would hopefully give the state enough time to make the compliant licenses available. The law passed in 2005 seeks to improve security standards for state-issued identification credentials.

Under legislation approved in May, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is working to produce a driver's license that complies with the 2005 Real ID law enacted following the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Rep. Dennis Smith, R-Maple Grove, the author of that bill, said state officials hope the federal government will eventually grant an extension through October 2020.

Those who wish to purchase a Real ID-compliant license starting in 2019 would be charged a one-time fee in addition to the current driver's license fee. 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. Passage of that law has allowed the state to continue working toward compliance.

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