REAL ID Act; Status of Missouri Drivers License and ID Card
Missouri has an extension for REAL ID enforcement, allowing Federal agencies to accept driver’s licenses and identification cards from Missouri at Federal facilities, nuclear power plants and federally regulated commercial aircraft until August 1, 2019.
Secure driver’s licenses and identification documents are a vital component of a holistic national security strategy. Law enforcement must be able to rely on government-issued identification documents and know that the bearer of such a document is who he or she claims to be. REAL ID is a coordinated effort by the states and the Federal Government to improve the reliability and accuracy of state-issued identification documents, which should inhibit terrorists’ ability to evade detection by using fraudulent identification.