Montana REAL ID, Not So Fast
Department of Homeland Security has granted Montana more time to get the REAL ID situation finished. Other states have the new REAL ID types of identification, but not Montana.
The Department of Justice’s Motor Vehicle Division has just has received an extension from Homeland Security. That means people from Montana can use their drivers licenses as IDs when they want to board a commercial flights or have access to federal facilities for another year.
MVD Administrator Sarah Garcia said,
“This extension gives MVD time to develop business processes, hire new staff, and acquire the necessary equipment needed to implement REAL ID. With this extension, MVD is on track to comply with REAL ID requirements, and also gives Montana citizens time to prepare for issuance of REAL ID credentials.”
Senator Jon Tester, who is ranking member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, said:
“I will continue to hold the Department of Homeland Security accountable to their promise to work with Montana to find a common-sense solution that doesn’t inhibit Montana families’ travel plans and protects our civil liberties.”
The 2017 Montana Legislature passed Senate Bill 366, which authorized MVD to comply with the Federal REAL ID law. MVD will continue to work with DHS to make sure the new REAL IDs are in compliance with the federal law.