REAL ID Enforcement Grace Period Granted for Pennsylvania

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They say the state will be covered under a federal grace period until January 22, 2018.

That means ME driver's licenses will be accepted for now as valid identification for boarding domestic flights and entrance into certain federal facilities, such as military bases, the US mint and nuclear power plants.

Only about half the states are compliant, and Pennsylvania will require more extensions to avoid residents being affected.

Minnesota is getting more time to comply with REAL ID.

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In the meantime, the state has been granted the grace period while the Department of Homeland Security decides whether to give Missouri another extension.

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. The standards include fingerprint and background checks for employees working in state driver's license bureaus and name checks on state residents receiving Real ID identification. After years of debate, the Minnesota Legislature passed a Real ID bill earlier this year, which Dayton signed in May.

The federal government has given ME more time to bring itself into compliance with a decade-old law regulating state-issued identification. Several of the 9/11 hijackers had obtained state-issued driver's licenses in the months leading up to the attack. The new system must be fully functional by July 1, 2019, according to the new state law.

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.

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