Virginia Receives Extension On REAL ID Requirements

March 31, 2008

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has granted the commonwealth an extension until 2009 to allow the state to completely review regulations concerning the REAL ID Act passed by Congress in May 2005.

The act is scheduled to take effect in May 2008 and establishes national standards for state issued driver's licenses and ID cards. Final regulations for the implementation of REAL ID were decided in January 2008.

"Citizens who have a valid Virginia driver's license or ID card may continue to use their credentials to board airplanes and gain entrance to federal facilities," said DMV Commissioner D.B. Smit.

REAL ID could potentially impact Virginians with longer service and wait times at DMV, the requirement of additional documents for proving identification and Virginia residency, and significant costs.

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