Pursuant to its phased implementation of the REAL ID Act, which establishes minimum standards for the production and issuance of state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards and prohibits federal agencies from accepting non-compliant versions of these documents for official purposes, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced an extension of document enrollment rules.
According to current regulations, beginning Dec. 1, 2014, federal agencies may not accept state-issued driver’s licenses or identification cards for official purposes from individuals born after Dec. 1, 1964, unless the license or card is REAL ID-compliant and was issued by a compliant state as determined by DHS.
In addition, as of Dec. 1, 2017, federal agencies will be prohibited from accepting any non-compliant documents for official purposes from any individual. Pursuant to this extension, both document enrollment dates have been moved to Oct. 1, 2020.
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