SC Gets Another Extension for Real ID Licenses


- The Department of Homeland Security has granted Minnesota an extension for REAL ID compliance, according to the governor's office. The Act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for official purposes licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards. Once the state is certified compliant, there will be no need for additional extension requests.

The state hopes to soon be fully compliant and issuing REAL ID licenses and IDs in the early part of next year.

MVD has partnered with Montana State University Billings to develop a public information campaign to relay information to the public regarding REAL ID compliance.

Verifying the applicant doesn't have a current license or ID card in another state.

The Legislature recently passed a bill saying ME would begin complying with the REAL ID Act.

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This is expected to be the final extension that the state will get, the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles says. "But it requires time, resources and training to meet the full requirements, which we will likely be phasing in over time due to budget constraints". It is important to note that all Minnesota citizens will continue to have the choice to have a non-REAL ID driver's license.

More than 65,000 South Carolinians have brought the required REAL ID documents to SCDMV branches across the state since May 15, 2017.

DHS has been working with states for years around REAL ID compliance and has provided technical assistance, grants, and other support to them.

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". These cards must clearly state on their face (and in the machine-readable zone) that it is not acceptable for official purposes and must use a unique design or color to differentiate them from compliant cards.