The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has rejected Montana’s request for an extension to comply with the REAL ID Act.
Governor Steve Bullock asked for the extension, saying Montana driver’s licenses and state identification cards are enough as secure forms of identification.
The Montana Legislature unanimously rejected REAL ID Act in 2007. U.S. senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines — along with Congressman Ryan Zinke have introduced legislation to repeal it.
REAL ID’s will be required to access federal installations on Jan. 30. Montanans need a REAL ID id for air travel by January of 2018.
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