Missouri has been granted an extension for Real ID compliance.

A press release from the office of MO Senate President Pro Tem, Ron Richard, says Missourians will still be able to board a plane using their current Missouri driver’s license, at least until October 2018.

The Department of Homeland Security announced it has granted a federal extension to the Show-Me State, which gives the Department of Revenue time to make a Real ID compliant identification option available to all Missourians.

Earlier this year, the Missouri General Assembly approved legislation giving Missourians the option of choosing a Real ID compliant license. House Bill 151 allows the Department of Revenue to amend procedures, which allows citizens to choose a Real ID compliant license option, but also keeps privacy provisions in place, according to the press release.

“The Legislature’s number one concern is protecting your rights as a citizen,” said Senate Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin. “However, we wanted to create a path forward for Missourians who want to fly using a photo ID while still preserving the privacy of citizens who decide to keep using their current driver’s license. This legislation allowed for a balance between privacy and compliance, and I’m happy the Department of Homeland Security recognized our efforts to achieve that balance.”

For citizens who prefer using their current, non-compliant photo ID, there are still other options they can use to board a plane.

The options for Missouri License Alternatives Compliant with Real ID are:

S. Passport
S. Passport Card (It was noted this does not allow for international air travel).
S. military ID
DHS trusted traveler cards 

The press release says The Department of Revenue is continuing to work with DHS to make the Real ID compliant option available to all Missourians.

Kurt Parsons