The Real ID Act, passed in 2005, created a national standard for state driver’s licenses and other identification documents. It meant State issued identifications would have to meet certain standards in order to be accepted by the federal government. This would affect anyone entering a government building, military installation or boarding an aircraft. Unfortunately, Missouri’s IDs are still not compliant with this law.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has set an October 10, 2018 deadline for Missouri to fully comply with REAL ID or risk Missouri IDs becoming noncompliant with federal government standards. In June of 2017, the Missouri state legislature passed a bill to allow Missouri to fully comply with the Real ID Act and fully align Missouri’s state law with the federal standard. Since then, the Missouri Department of Revenue (MODOR) has been working diligently to transition the state to the Real ID system as quickly as possible. However, MODOR has stated they will not be able to complete the transition before the October 10th deadline.
Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer has sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in support of a request by MODOR to extend the deadline for Missouri until October 2019.