Montana driver’s licenses not Real ID compliant

Montana driver’s licenses not Real ID compliant

MISSOULA, Mont. The Montana Department of Justice continues to roll out its newly designed driver’s licenses to licensing stations across the state. They come with upgraded security features, including new security designs, laser perforation, ultraviolet ink and ghost portraits. Despite the improvements, the Department of Homeland Security says Montana licenses do not meet federal security standards outlined in the Real ID Act.

The Real ID Act was passed by Congress in 2005 and enacted by the DHS in 2013, on recommendation by the 9/11 commission to “set standards for issuance of sources of identification.” It is used to determine what identification is acceptable for entry to federal facilities and for boarding commercial flights.

Montanans will be able to use their driver’s licenses and IDs for federal identification purposes, thanks to an extension given to the state to reach compliance by Oct. 10. filltrustid

Gov. Steve Bullock and Attorney General Tim Fox are strongly opposed to the act, saying it is a violation of privacy and state’s rights.

Last October, Fox stated, “Montana refuses to be bullied by the federal government into becoming Real ID compliant or into compromising our citizens’ privacy, driver’s licenses enhancements (such as the ones made) provide features that distinguish them from fraudulent cards, while at the same time serve as secure proof of identity.”

The situation grows complicated given the fact that Montana’s legislature in 2007 unanimously passed a bill prohibiting Montana from implementing the Real ID Act. It was signed into law by then Gov. Brian Schweitzer.

Fox and Sen. Steve Daines are expected to discuss their current plans in a press brief Thursday.

Among the requirements of the act, licenses and IDs must display personal information such as full name, buy fake ids date of birth and a picture. It also requires the state to get personal information like Social Security numbers from the individual trying to get a license or ID card before it is actually given to them.

The DHS estimates that 80 to 90 percent of Americans are currently compliant or have been granted an extension. Washington, Illinois, New Mexico, Missouri and Minnesota are currently noncompliant and haven’t been given an extension. Those states are expected to face federal enforcement starting Jan. 10. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. scannable ids .