REAL ID deadline extended


By Brad Benfield

In order to ensure that the millions of Americans traveling this holiday season are not disrupted, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced on December 18 that all valid, state-issued driver licenses and identification cards will continue to be acceptable for federal purposes beyond the December 31, 2009, deadline for material compliance with the federal REAL ID Act. Secretary Napolitano cited “significant cost, legal considerations, and privacy concerns” as reasons DHS decided to extend the deadline until May 10, 2011.

For more details, see the Department of Homeland Security press release.

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