Missourians confused and frustrated with possible 'Real ID' changes

Posted at 3:44 PM, May 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-12 18:36:13-04

A bill currently sitting on Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens’s desk would change the state's protocol in developing and implementing identification.

Missouri is just one of five states that is non-compliant to the 'Real ID' Act of 2005, a post 9/11 safety measure that Missourians feared invaded privacy.

A 'Real ID' is meant to make it tougher for criminals to counterfeit identification. 

If signed, the bill would allow Missourians to choose a 'Real ID,' which aligns with federal government guidelines, or stick with a standard state ID.

However, state residents without a 'Real ID' by January 22, 2018 will be prohibited from flying commercially or entering government buildings. They would need a passport to enter. 

The Greitens's office told 41 Action News the he won't sign the bill Friday, but said in a statement:

"We will review the bill, as we do every bill, before making a final decision. We’ve been clear from day one that a fix to Real ID is required to ensure that Missourians have access to air travel."

The Department of Homeland Security also confirmed with 41 Action News that if the bill passes, Missouri can apply for a Real ID extension that could carry through 2020, meaning new, standard IDs residents received this year could still be used for the next two years. 

Greitens has 45 days to review and sign the bill. 

41 Action News spoke with Missourians at a Department of Motor Vehicles in Raytown, Missouri where people were attempting to get or renew their current ID. They were confused and frustrated about hearing how the 'Real ID' would affect them.  

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