California granted more time to meet federal ID rules

Dec 30, 2015 4:42 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Federal officials are giving California an extension to bring its driver's licenses into compliance with the Real ID Act.

California is among many states that had been granted extensions from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security set to expire on Jan. 10.

The 2005 law imposes tougher requirements for proof of legal U.S. residency for state driver's licenses to be valid for federal purposes.

It was passed in response to national security concerns after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The state Department of Motor Vehicles announced the extension Wednesday, which gives the state until Oct. 10, 2016 to comply.

A state law set to take effect in July will require California driver's license applicants to show proof of state residency to meet the federal standards.

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