Not Much Time Left For Missouri To Get Drivers Licenses Compliant With Federal Standard
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. —
The Missouri House has until the end of its session Friday to sign off on a bill passed by the Senate this week giving Missouri residents the option to get their drivers license compliant with federal Real ID standards.
Real ID is a system that allows law enforcement and federal authorities to track individuals who take a domestic flight, enter a federal building, etc. Currently, Missouri is one of five states not compliant with the standard, which was enacted not long after the terrorist attacks on 9/11.
The states have until January, 2018 to be compliant or drivers licenses from those states will not be accepted. Missouri's regular legislative session wraps Friday, so the bill has to be approved by the House in order for Governor Eric Greitens to sign it into law.
However, there is a fight from some conservative members who say Real ID is a violation of state's rights and personal privacy. So, while the debate continues, the clock is ticking.