State granted extension for Real ID program through April

Californians can use state driver's license to fly
Posted at 2:54 PM, Jan 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-10 02:22:41-05

ABC30 — California has been granted a reprieve from rules that could have prevented millions of Californians from flying anywhere without a passport or other federally accepted ID.

The Transportation Security Administration told Action News on Wednesday, "According to (the Department of Homeland Security), California's extension has been extended through April 1, 2019, to allow sufficient time to complete the review of their REAL ID compliance certification."

California's previous extension for its Real ID program was set to expire on Thursday, January 10.

If the extension had expired, all California driver's licenses and ID cards could have been declared invalid for domestic air travel.

The DMV blamed the government shutdown and the federal government's lack of response for the delay in receiving the extension.

Late last year, Homeland Security notified the DMV that its process for providing residents with federally recognized identification cards is not adequate.

Because of the inadequacies, those who have received those cards will have to submit additional documentation to validate their IDs.

Real IDs began to be issued in response to the 9/11 Commission's ruling, which required states to have a standardized, more secure ID for travelers boarding domestic flights.

Prior to today's extension, Assemblymember Vince Fong issued a statement alongside Assemblymember Jim Patterson of Fresno. Fong has been a longtime critic of the DMV and criticized their request for millions more for staffing in his statement.

“We have yet to see a detailed plan on what is being done to address the growing structural problems at the DMV. More bureaucracy cannot be the only answer when we have organizations and innovative technologies that are available to assist in providing needed DMV services to Californians,” said Assemblymember Vince Fong and Assemblymember Jim Patterson.

Story courtesy of ABC30.