The Department of Homeland Security has told Gov. Mark Dayton that it would not allow Minnesotans to use their driver’s licenses to access federal buildings and military bases because the state is still not compliant with the federal government’s Real ID requirements.
Dayton had written to the agency last month seeking an extension allowing state residents to use their driver’s licenses for federal identification while the legislature races to pass a law implementing Real ID before the session ends next week.
The governor signed a law in March lifting a prohibition on the state planning for Real ID, but it has still not repealed a separate ban on implementing the program. The Department of Homeland Security wrote a letter to Dayton on Friday saying that it would not grant an extension until Minnesota “commits to full compliance.”
The department wrote that the state is still not meeting provisions of the 2005 law in a number of areas because of the prohibition still in law against “taking any action to implement” Real ID. In 2009, Minnesota legislators passed a law against complying, citing privacy concerns.
The federal government has already given the state a reprieve to allow citizens to use their driver’s licenses on commercial airplanes until January 2018.
The Senate passed legislation last week to implement Real ID, and the House is expected to take up the measure this week.