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REAL ID Federal Enforcement

Secure driver's licenses and identification documents are a vital component of our national security framework. The REAL ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the Federal Government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver's licenses.” The Act established minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for certain purposes driver’s licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the Act’s minimum standards.

There are four phases of enforcement, with Phase 4 beginning on January 22, 2018.  For more information, please visit the REAL ID Enforcement page.

Current Enforcement

The following states are currently not in compliance with the REAL ID Act and are subject to enforcement.

     Minnesota     Missouri    

Please click on a state for more information

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:

  • Oregon

Future Enforcement Dates

July 10, 2017

Expiring states/territories with a Limited Extension will be subject to REAL ID enforcement as of July 10, 2017.

January 22, 2018

All non-compliant states/territories will be subject to REAL ID enforcement at TSA checkpoints as of January 22, 2018.

REAL ID Extensions

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.

Last Published Date: June 15, 2017

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