REAL ID Final Rule

Dept Homeland Security:

real-idThe Department of Homeland Security has issued a final rule to establish minimum standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards in accordance with the REAL ID Act of 2005. 

These regulations set standards for states to meet the requirements of the REAL ID Act, including:

  • information and security features that must be incorporated into each card;
  • proof of identity and lawful status of an applicant;
  • verification of the source documents provided by an applicant; and
  • security standards for the offices that issue licenses and identification cards.

This final rule also provides a process for states to seek an additional extension of the compliance deadline to May 11, 2011, by demonstrating material compliance with the core requirements of the Act and this rule.


Governors Praise Extension of REAL ID Compliance Deadline
Contact: Jodi Omear, 202-624-5346
Office of Communications

WASHINGTON—The National Governors Association (NGA) today issued the following statement regarding the extension of the REAL ID regulations:

“The nation’s governors support the decision issued by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to extend the deadline for implementation of REAL ID.

“Protecting the security and integrity of drivers’ license and state identification cards is a top priority of the nation’s governors; however, REAL ID presents significant operational and fiscal challenges to states. Governors have long said that REAL ID, in its current form, is unworkable. That has not changed.

“Extending the compliance deadline allows states and the federal government more time to find solutions that work. Arbitrary deadlines that only keep people from boarding an airplane do not make the impossible possible.”

04.20.2011. 19:59

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