Legislation signed Monday by Missouri Governor Eric Greitens created an option for residents who would otherwise be turned away from airports for lack of valid identification starting next year.
After 9/11, the FBI determined that the hijackers had obtained valid identification cards from various states, and a special commission recommended the federal government develop standards for issuing identification cards to help prevent future terrorism and fraud. Enter the Real ID Act.
But Missouri has resisted the Real ID Act, partly because of privacy concerns. The Real ID Act requires the creation of a database containing applicants' personal information. The state banned compliance with Real ID in 2009.
Missouri, along with Maine, Minnesota and Montana, are all listed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as out of compliance with the Real ID Act.
Maine and Montana also recently passed legislation that brings them one step closer to meeting federal standards, and Minnesota gives people the option to apply for an enhanced ID that would allow state residents to fly and enter federal facilities.
Missouri driver's licenses and identification cards already are no longer accepted at some military bases and federal facilities and the restrictions have caused hassles for people like truck drivers who are dropping off loads at military bases.
With the passing of the new bill, residents will have the option to get driver’s licenses or other identification cards that comply with federal law.
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