JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KCTV/AP) — Missouri has been granted more time to comply with stricter identification requirements under the Real ID Act.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security granted Missouri a grace period through Jan. 21, 2019. The current extension ends Oct. 10.
"During this grace period, federal agencies will accept Missouri-issued driver licenses and ID cards for official purposes, including domestic air travel," Missouri Department of Revenue Director Joel Walters said.
At issue is a federal law with tougher proof-of-identity requirements needed at airports, some federal facilities and military bases.
Some Missouri lawmakers worried about privacy pushed back against compliance with the federal law for years. But a new Missouri law that took effect in August 2017 will give residents the option to get compliant driver's licenses or other ID cards.
Missouri Department of Revenue officials expect the state to be compliant with the Real ID Act in March 2019.