Denied Real ID Extension Could Mean Long Airport Lines

Montanans could face long airport security lines starting in 2018 if the state does not comply with federal driver’s license standards.

In November, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security informed Montana officials the state would not get an extension to comply with the Real ID Act of 2005, which requires state identification cards to meet certain security standards. Montana had received two one-year extensions before, but federal officials told Gov. Steve Bullock it would not receive a third because the state had not made progress toward complying with the standards.

Beginning next month, people using Montana driver’s licenses will not be able to access military bases, nuclear power plants and federal facilities. A year after that, in January 2018, Montanans will be unable to board an airplane using a state-issued driver’s license.


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