Oregon was given an extension last year to bring its driver’s licenses up to federal security standards. That extension expired Tuesday, but the state isn’t worried.
Back in 2009, Oregon lawmakers decided not to comply with the REAL ID Act unless federal funds paid for it.
That standoff has lasted eight years now.
But David House with the Oregon DMV says a bill in Salem would allow Oregonians to pay $20 extra for a new federally accepted license, so they can board planes and get into federal facilities.
“But even if this bill doesn’t pass through the Legislature … there’s no immediate affect, we won’t see the enforcement at the airports for example until 2018,” he said. House added, “We’ve requested another extension for a few more months from Homeland Security.”
Washington has an extension through the middle of next month.
Twenty-five states are now compliant with the new requirement.