State gets Real ID ex­ten­sion through Jan. 22

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - FRONT PAGE -

HAR­RIS­BURG » Penn­syl­va­nia is get­ting yet an­other ex­ten­sion to com­ply with a fed­eral law that re­quires driver’s li­censes meet anti-ter­ror­ism stan­dards.

Demo­cratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s ad­min­is­tra­tion said that the state re­ceived an­other de­fer­ment from the U.S. Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity.

That means state res­i­dents can con­tinue to ac­cess fed­eral fa­cil­i­ties such as pris­ons through Jan. 22, when a new re­stric­tion on com­mer­cial air travel will take ef­fect.

Only about half the states are com­pli­ant, and Penn­syl­va­nia will re­quire more ex­ten­sions to avoid res­i­dents be­ing af­fected.

Un­der leg­is­la­tion ap­proved in May, the Penn­syl­va­nia Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion is work­ing to pro­duce a driver’s li­cense that com­plies with the 2005 Real ID law en­acted fol­low­ing the Sept. 11, 2001, ter­ror at­tacks.

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