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MO, IL drivers' licenses accepted as valid ID by TSA through 2018

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Fliers from Missouri and Illinois will still be able to use their drivers' licenses as an acceptable form of photo ID through 2018.

Late on Friday afternoon, January 8, the Department of Homeland Security said passengers could continue using their current IDs until Jan. 22, 2018. Some would have until Oct. 1, 2020.

After that, passengers without proper driver's licenses would have to use other federally-approved forms of ID such as a passport.

However, starting on January 10 drivers' licenses from Missouri and Illinois will not be considered a valid form of identification at some federal facilities.

On Wednesday, Jan. 7, the Marshal's Office said in a statement that it is not changing "identification and security procedures in response to the Real ID Act" for the federal courthouse in St. Louis.

State officials said they are working on a solution to the problem over state driver's licenses.

Five states, including Missouri and Illinois, have not complied with the Real ID Act and have not been granted an extension.

These states oppose requirements in the law that include storing images of documents that driver's license applicants present as proof of their identity, such as birth certificates.

State officials say that information could be breached and could be used to track law-abiding U.S. citizens.

They also oppose the U.S. government unilaterally setting standards in a an area traditionally handled by the states.

Kentucky was granted an extension until October 2016.

A statement issued in October 2015 from the Kentucky Department of Transportation announced the extension.

In the statement, KYTC said an extension was needed due to the fact that drivers' licenses are issued by the state's county clerks' offices instead of a centralized Department of Motor Vehicles is an issue. They said as a result, the state has to work to bring each clerks' office in-line with the security standards of the Real ID Act.

The Real ID Act was approved by Congress in 2005. It set minimum standards for licenses in response to security concerns following 9/11.

Enforcement of those requirements has repeatedly been delayed.

The Department of Homeland Security announced on Dec. 20, 2013 a plan for the Real ID Act that looked to implement new regulations in "a measured, fair, and responsible way."

Amanda DeGroff, a Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman, issued the following statement:

"The Department of Homeland Security is working with state officials to ensure their compliance with REAL ID Act standards and to grant a state an extension where warranted. Missouri and Illinois have not yet provided adequate justification to receive an extension on compliance with the requirements of the REAL ID Act passed by Congress in 2005. As of October 10, 2015, federal agencies may only accept driver’s licenses and identification cards issued by states that are compliant with the REAL ID Act or have an extension for accessing most federal facilities (including military bases) and entering nuclear power plants. Starting on January 10, 2016, driver's licenses and identification cards issued by Missouri and Illinois will not be accepted for these purposes. Missouri and Illinois residents visiting a federal facility can provide another form of identification or follow procedures that the facility allows for persons without acceptable identification.

"Missouri and Illinois can request an extension at any time if there are new developments or additional relevant information regarding the steps they are taking to comply with the REAL ID Act requirements.

"The Transportation Security Administration continues to accept all state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards, including those from Missouri and Illinois.  DHS is in the process of scheduling plans for REAL ID enforcement at airports and will ensure that the traveling public has ample notice, at least 120 days, before any changes are made that might affect their travel. The REAL ID Act places the responsibility for action on the state to provide state-issued identification that meets the Act’s security standards."

Missouri State Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R) released the following statement regarding the drivers' licenses.

The federal government has no authority to force Missouri to change our driver’s license system.  Licensing is the purview of the states, and I will fight any attempt to force Real ID upon Missouri.  It isn’t just an unfunded mandate.  There is a real concern that the federal government could use Real ID to create a national database of citizens. 

It is unacceptable for the TSA to threaten not to accept Missourians’ driver’s licenses as valid IDs, and I will fight them at every step.  Instead of going after law-abiding citizens with regulations like Real ID, the federal government should focus on security strategies that keep those who wish to do us harm from entering America.

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