On Wednesday, Sept. thirteen, Gov. Mark Dayton’s chief of employees and deputy chief of employees met with a deputy assistant, a director and a supervisor for the U.S. Division of Homeland Safety.
“(The Division of Homeland Safety) has assured Minnesota that federal businesses will honor the present extension, till DHS makes remaining extension selections,” Dayton spokesman Sam Fettig stated.
Actual ID is a federal regulation that requires all state licenses and identification to have sure safety measures in place to be able to be legitimate at federal checkpoints.
Beginning subsequent yr, U.S. airport officers would require most vacationers to current the federally accepted identification, until they arrive from states which have extensions.
In 2020, all extensions will run out and federal officers would require the brand new identification from all vacationers.
This introduced an issue for Minnesota, which solely authorised the creation of the brand new licenses this yr and had deliberate to start out issuing them late subsequent yr. Over the summer time, federal officers advised Minnesota it will give the state an extension solely till Oct. 10 of this yr, not the three-yr extension it needed.
The state might not get official phrase of a unbroken extension previous October, “given the present focus of DHS on hurricane aid efforts,” Fettig stated, however federal official stated, “states (that) proceed to make progress with compliance will proceed to be granted extensions.”
With the three-yr extension, Minnesota driver’s licenses would proceed to be accepted at many federal safety checkpoints till 2020. By then, the state would have been distributing its new licenses for some time and most Minnesotans who needed them might have gotten them.
“All Minnesotans ought to relaxation assured that they will proceed to board airplanes and entry federal amenities, as Minnesota works to completely implement REAL ID and adjust to federal necessities,” Fettig stated.