03.02.20

Daines Urges President Trump to Extend REAL ID Requirements for Montana

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines sent a letter to President Trump asking the administration to delay requirements of the REAL ID Act of 2005 for Montanans.

“While the State of Montana continues working to implement REAL ID in a timely fashion, large numbers of Montanans will not have REAL ID compliant identification by the October 2020 deadline,” Daines wrote. “I ask that you grant an emergency waiver for the State of Montana for one year, as they are working in good faith to comply with the law. I look forward to continuing to work with you to protect Montanans’ privacy and security.”

To read the full letter, click HERE

Currently, over 90% of Montana ID’s issued are not yet compliant according to the Montana Department of Justice.

Background: 

On September 28th, 2018, Daines announced that the Department of Homeland Security has granted Montana an extension to allow more time to meet the requirements of the REAL ID Act of 2005.

On January 28th, 2017, Daines urged the Federal Aviation Administration to accept non-REAL ID compliant licenses when implementing third class medical reform. 

On January 9th, 2017, Daines met with U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly where they discussed the path forward on REAL ID among other issues to protect Americans.