South Carolina gets extension for REAL ID-compliant licenses

October 18, 2017

BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has gotten another year to get driver’s licenses in line with federal identification requirements for boarding a plane, entering a federal building or getting onto a military base.

The state Department of Motor Vehicles said Wednesday the U.S. Department of Homeland Security had given South Carolina an extension through Oct. 10, 2018, to implement the changes.

In April, Gov. Henry McMaster signed a law allowing South Carolinians to obtain REAL ID Act-compliant licenses, reversing the state’s decade-long refusal to comply. Homeland Security gave the state until this month to become compliant. That deadline was extended for one year on Tuesday.

Once the state is certified as compliant, South Carolinians have until October 2020 before a REAL ID license is needed to show at military bases or airports.

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