Missouri’s grace period to comply with REAL ID Act extended

Sample of a Missouri driver's license. (Source: Missouri Department of Motor Vehicles)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Revenue says the state has been given more time to comply with identification requirements under the Real ID Act.

The department announced Tuesday that the federal government has granted Missouri an extension through Jan. 21, 2019. The current extension ends Oct. 10.

During the extension, federal agencies will accept Missouri-issued driver’s licenses and ID for official business, including domestic air travel.

A Missouri law that took effect in August 2017 gives residents the option to get driver’s licenses or other ID cards that comply with stricter identification regulations under the federal law.

The state expects to be compliant with the REAL ID Act’s requirements by March 2019.