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Idaho granted REAL ID extension

Idaho was granted a one-year REAL ID extension in a letter received yesterday from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). During the extension, federal agencies may accept Idaho-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards for official purposes.

Idaho is one of numerous states and territories at various stages of compliance with REAL ID.

“The Idaho Transportation Department is moving forward with security features to ensure our identification cards are as safe and secure as possible,” said ITD Chief Deputy Scott Stokes. “We have a great partnership with Gen. Richy and the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security. They have provided valuable insight for us as we work to enhance the security of Idaho’s ID cards and licenses.”

Brad Richy, Director of the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security said, “The outstanding collaboration between ITD, the Department of Homeland Security and Idaho’s Bureau of Homeland Security is critically important to ensuring that Idahoans face no disruptions getting through airport security, or accessing military bases and most Federal facilities using their state-issued driver’s licenses.”

The REAL ID Act was passed in 2005 in order to provide additional safety and security for U.S. citizens. The Act modified law regarding security, authentication, and issuing standards for state driver’s licenses and identification cards, as well as various immigration issues pertaining to terrorism.

“The Department recognizes your efforts in enhancing the security of your jurisdiction’s driver’s licenses and identification cards and has granted this extension based on a review of the information,” the letter from DHS states.


Information provided by the Idaho Transportation Department.

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