Missouri granted REAL ID extension until Aug 1, 2019

  

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri has received another extension to implement REAL ID.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officially granted Missouri an extension through Aug. 1, 2019, to satisfy requirements of the REAL ID Act and its regulations.

During that time, federal agencies will accept Missouri-issued driver licenses and identification cards for official purposes, including domestic air travel.

“The Department of Revenue has been working non-stop to meet the requirements of the REAL ID Act, and we remain on track to achieve full implementation by March 2019,” said Joel Walters, director of the Missouri Department of Revenue, the state agency that oversees the issuance of driver licenses.

“With this additional extension, which is valid through Aug. 1, 2019, citizens can rest assured they’ll be able to continue using their Missouri-issued driver licenses and ID cards for official purposes, including domestic air travel, until they are able to apply for a REAL ID-compliant driver license or ID card in March.”

Benjamin Peters is a reporter for the Missouri Times and Missouri Times Magazine, and also produces the #MoLeg Podcast. He joined the Missouri Times in 2016 after working as a sports editor and TV news producer in mid-Missouri. Benjamin is a graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield. To contact Benjamin, email benjamin@themissouritimes.com or follow him on Twitter @BenjaminDPeters.