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Grace Period Announced as Missouri Waits for Real ID Extension

Posted on September 12, 2018 in Media Releases

The Missouri Department of Revenue has announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will grant Missouri a grace period through January 21, 2019 for enforcement of the Real ID Act while the state waits for an official decision on another extension beyond that time frame.  

Missouri’s current Real ID extension is through October 10, 2018. The state has applied for another extension but says federal agencies will accept Missouri-issued driver licenses for domestic air travel and other purposes for another three months regardless of the extension decision.

“That extension is expected to be approved and would allow Missouri driver licenses and identification cards to continue to be accepted until Missouri reaches full compliance with the REAL ID Act, which we expect to be by March of 2019,” DOR Director Joel Walters said in a statement. “So between the grace period that’s now in place and the anticipated extension, Missourians should have no issue using their state-issued driver licenses and ID cards when boarding a domestic flight or for other official purposes after Oct. 10.” 

Missouri Department of Revenue Statement on Real ID Grace Period