With the passage of House Bill 151, Missouri has taken a step toward compliance with the Federal Real ID Act of 2005. Several other steps will need to be taken over the next 18 months to make Missouri’s driver licenses and non-driver identification cards fully compliant.
For today, Missouri residents should continue to treat renewals and new license requests as they have in the past. Missouri will need an enforcement waiver extension from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In preparation to implement the new law, Gov. Eric Greiten’s office is in contact with DHS regarding such an extension. Once that request is granted, current Missouri driver licenses and non-driver identification cards will be accepted on military bases, and the January 2018 deadline for air travel will no longer be enforced. Current Missouri identification will be accepted for the duration of the extension.
HB 151 will become effective on Aug. 28. At that time the Department of Revenue will begin the process to reach certification with the DHS. Several internal and external processes will need to be changed or upgraded to obtain certification, and that process is expected to take at least 18 months.
Again, Missouri residents should continue to treat renewals and new license requests as they have in the past. Once Missouri has received certification from the DHS that compliant identification can be issued, the Department of Revenue will take steps to notify the public that it is time to request a compliant driver license or non-driver identification card if they choose to do so.