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Idaho gets one-year extension on REAL ID Act requirements

Idaho has been granted another one-year extension on federal requirements to comply with the REAL ID Act, easing fears that Idahoans could soon be barred from using their state driver’s licenses to go through airport security or enter military bases or other federal installations. The Idaho Transportation Department says it received a letter Wednesday from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security granting the extension.

“The Idaho Transportation Department is moving forward with security features to ensure our identification cards are as safe and secure as possible,” said ITD Chief Deputy Scott Stokes.

The REAL ID law passed in 2005, and states are in various stages of phasing in their compliance. In 2008, Idaho lawmakers passed legislation banning the state from complying, but they tweaked the law this year to allow ITD to enhance the security of Idaho driver’s licenses and state ID cards to ensure they can be accepted on commercial flights. The Homeland Security letter to ITD said, “The Department recognizes your efforts in enhancing the security of your jurisdiction's driver's licenses and identification cards and has granted this extension based on a review of the information.”

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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