Without an extension, a Missouri driver’s license would be insufficient as a form of identification to board an airplane or enter a federal facility after Jan. 21.
Walters doesn’t believe it will come to that:
“Between the grace period that’s now in place and the anticipated extension, Missourians should have no issue using their state-issued driver licenses and ID cards when boarding a domestic flight or for other official purposes after Oct. 10.
Finally, we remain on track to be fully compliant with the REAL ID Act by March 2019.”
Congress passed the Real ID Act in 2005, which came in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington D.C. and sets a national standard for state issuance of identification. The law takes full effect Oct. 1, 2020.
Citing privacy concerns, former Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed a bill in 2009 that barred the Show-Me State from complying with the Real ID Act, one of 24 states to take such action.
Last summer, the Missouri legislature reversed course and passed a law to allow the issuance of Real ID cards but also allow citizens to opt out. Those opt-out IDs wouldn’t allow cardholders to board planes among other restrictions.