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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on December 20, 2013 a phased enforcement plan for the REAL ID Act (the Act), as passed by Congress, that will implement the Act in a measured, fair, and responsible way. The following is a list of the current status of each state/territory.
Current Status of States / Territories
Please select a state/territory for current status.
All REAL ID extensions are pending a decision by Secretary Kelly until further notice. For states with extensions that expire after June 6, 2017 that do not receive an extension, Federal agencies will not begin enforcement until the grace period ends on July 10, 2017. During the grace period, Federal facilities are expected to continue accepting drivers licenses and identification cards issued by states with an expired limited extension.
Secretary Kelly is considering extensions within the broader context of the current threat environment and the need to have secure forms of identification for accessing Federal facilities and boarding commercial aircraft. He believes the time has come for full implementation and is firmly committed to enforcing the law.
DHS will provide more information on this website when it becomes available.
We look forward to continuing to work with your jurisdiction in meeting the minimum security standards for driver’s licenses and identification cards. Please contact us if you have any questions at OSIIS@DHS.GOV.
The following states/territories are compliant with the REAL ID Act:
- New Mexico
- S. Dakota
- West Virginia
The following states/territories have an extension through October 10, 2017, allowing Federal agencies to accept driver's licenses and identification cards from these states/territories:
- N. Marianas
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
- N. Carolina
- N. Dakota
- Puerto Rico
- Rhode Island
- S. Carolina
- Virgin Islands
Grace Period States/Territories
The following state has been provided a grace period by DHS before REAL ID enforcement begins, allowing Federal agencies to accept driver’s licenses from this state through July 10, 2017:
Federal agencies and nuclear power plants may not accept for official purposes driver’s licenses and state IDs from these states:
+ Federal officials may continue to accept Enhanced Driver’s Licenses from these states.
This page lists the current status of all states/territories according to the following classifications:
- Compliant States/Territories - states/territories that are compliant with the REAL ID Act.
- Extension States/Territories - states/territories that have an extension through October 10, 2017, allowing Federal agencies to accept driver's licenses and identification cards.
- Grace Period States/Territories - states/territories that have a limited extension have been provided a grace period by DHS before REAL ID enforcement begins, allowing Federal agencies to accept driver’s licenses from these states/territories through July 10, 2017.
- Under Review - states/territories that are currently under review. REAL ID enforcement will begin on January 30, 2017 if an extension is not granted or compliance is not obtained.
- Non-compliant States/Territories - states/territories that have been found to be not in compliance and Federal agencies will not accept driver's licenses and identification cards.