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REAL ID Act

Starting in October 2020, a regular Montana state drivers license will no longer be adequate identification to board flights within the United States or gain access to federal facilities like military bases.
mtrealid.gov

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Judy Owens thought she was on top of things when she went to renew her driver’s license and get a REAL ID that will be needed to fly domestically or enter most federal buildings starting next October.

Instead, she found herself among the Montana residents facing delays of two months or longer in receiving the new cards because of high demand, staffing shortages and documentation glitches.

Drivers in Kalispell and Missoula now have a new option for renewing and replacing their drivers licenses.

A new partnership between the state Motor Vehicles Division and AAA Montana allows AAA to process non-commercial driver license renewals and replacements at AAA offices in Kalispell and Missoula.

Starting in October 2020, a regular Montana state drivers license will no longer be adequate identification to board flights within the United States or gain access to federal facilities like military bases.
mtrealid.gov

Montana will start issuing identification cards that comply with the federal REAL ID Act in January. A new state website is available now for people who want to book an appointment to get the federally approved ID card.

Starting in October 2020, a regular Montana state drivers license will no longer be adequate identification to board flights within the United States or gain access to federal facilities like military bases.

Montana Given More Time To Comply With REAL ID

Oct 18, 2017

The federal government gave Montana a one-year extension to comply with the REAL ID law.  Without it, Montanans could not board a commercial airplane or enter federal buildings after January 22, 2018 using their driver’s license.  The alternative was another federally issued identification, like a passport.

The Department of Homeland Security had said it would only grant Montana an extension was if the state made a commitment toward making substantial and documented progress toward complying with REAL ID.


The Montana Department of Justice is asking U.S. Homeland Security for more time to comply with the REAL ID Act, the 2005 federal law passed in the wake of 9/11 requiring stricter identification before boarding an airplane.

Legislature Passes 'Real ID' Compromise Bill

Apr 25, 2017

The Montana Legislature passed a bill Tuesday that offers a compromise on the 2005 federal “Real ID Act,” which standardizes state identification cards. At the end of this year, a Montana driver’s license would not meet the federal standards to be used for air travel or access to federal facilities.

Bill Would Provide Option For Montanans To Comply With Federal Real ID Act

Mar 24, 2017

Montana is facing a deadline at the end of this year to comply with a 2005 federal mandate called the 'Real ID Act,' which requires states to meet minimum security standards for identification cards used to access federal facilities or get through airport security.

Montana’s congressional delegation is seeking to overturn federal mandates for driver's licenses. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Representative Ryan Zinke announced on Thursday they’ve introduced legislation that would repeal the Real ID Act of 2005.

Montana's most recent driver's license design incorporates changes for security and durability.
Montana DOJ

The federal government this week rejected Montana’s request to further delay implementation of the Real ID Act.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox once said the Real ID act threatened to create an Orwellian national ID system.

Fox Says New Licenses Aren't Meant To Comply With Real ID

Jan 7, 2016
Montana Attorney General Tim Fox.
Courtesy Montana DOJ

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Enhanced security measures included in Montana's new driver's licenses are not meant to comply with federal standards that threaten to create an "Orwellian national ID system," Attorney General Tim Fox said Thursday.

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