Montana Gets Another Extension to Adhere to Federal ID Law

Helena, Mont. (AP)– The state of Montana got another extension Wednesday before it needs to start abiding by the Real ID Act, the federal law that enforces more stringent requirements on recognition used for flights and access to some centers.

The United States Department of Homeland Security informed the Montana Motor Vehicles Division that it has up until next October to start meeting the federal requirements.

Till then, Montana chauffeur’s licenses will be accepted by the Transportation Security Administration to board domestic, commercial flights and to gain access to federal centers.

The real ID Act was passed in 2005 after the 9/11 Commission suggested the federal government set minimum requirements for providing recognition such as chauffeur’s licenses.

In 2007, Montana’s Legislature passed a law prohibiting application of the act, in part because authorities opposed saving pictures of files that people present as evidence of their identity, such as birth certificates.

Homeland Security started implementing the requirements in 2013, and Montana got 2 extensions but was rejected a 3rd last October because of the state law.

The 2017 Legislature passed an expense stating Montana would start abiding by the REAL ID Act, which cleared the way for the extension, stated MVD Administrator Sarah Garcia.

The extension provides the department time to establish treatments, work with staff and purchase devices had to execute REAL ID, she stated.

State authorities say they plan to have REAL ID certified chauffeur’s licenses readily available to people who want them starting in January 2019. The Motor Vehicles Division will look for another extension to provide it more time to reach complete compliance, authorities stated.

Members of Montana’s Congressional delegation have presented legislation looking for to reverse the real ID Act. They argued Montana has made modifications to its chauffeur’s licenses and recognition cards that meet federal requirements without compromising privacy rights or subjecting citizens to unneeded cybersecurity dangers.

Twenty-six states are certified with the law and others have gotten or looked-for extensions.