Travis Sanford reports:
The Department of Homeland Security has indefinitely lifted its January 1 deadline to allow federal agencies to accept state driver’s licenses and ID cards before allowing people to board commercial airplanes or enter federal buildings and nuclear power plants.
The decision to stay the controversial REAL ID Act of 2005 was in response to notifications from 46 of 56 U.S. states and territories that said their state-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards will not meet federally mandated security enhancements by the new year……
From the Federal Register:
Pursuant to the Department of Homeland Security’s REAL ID regulations, States must be in material compliance with the REAL ID ACT of 2005, 49 U.S.C. 30301 note, by January 1, 2010. This final rule
stays that date. Any new material compliance dates will be announced in a future Federal Register document.
DATES: Effective on December 28, 2009, 6 CFR 37.51(b) is stayed from January 1, 2010, until further notice. The Department of Homeland Security will lift the stay and announce any new compliance dates by
publication in a document in the Federal Register.