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North Dakota granted Real ID waiver

BISMARCK—Current North Dakota driver's licenses will be accepted for boarding aircraft for another two years after the state received a federal waiver to comply with Real ID requirements, the state Department of Transportation said Wednesday, Oct. 18.

Congress passed the Real ID Act in 2005, and the North Dakota Legislature passed the final implementation bill this year. Real ID implements security process and prohibits federal agencies from accepting identification from states that don't meet requirements, according to the North Dakota DOT.

The North Dakota DOT is in the process of implementing Real ID and expects those credentials to be start being issued next summer. The waiver granted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security means current driver's licenses and ID cards will be accepted for access into federal facilities, including military installations and boarding aircraft, until October 2020.

The North Dakota DOT's website includes information on documents applicants will need to process a credential that's compliant with Real ID. That information can be found here: " target="_blank">

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