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Puerto Rico gets REAL ID extension

By on January 10, 2018

SAN JUAN – The interim governor, Luis G. Rivera Marín, announced Tuesday that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) granted the Puerto Rico government an extension to comply with the REAL ID Act by Oct. 10.

Rivera Marín said a REAL ID allows federal government agencies and facilities regulated by the federal government to accept and allow the use of the current driver’s license as a method of identification for access to facilities, adding that this extension, in turn, allows citizens to use their current driver’s license for domestic travel.

“In the administration of Governor Ricardo Rosselló we have been very attentive to these efforts for the benefit of all Puerto Ricans. We are notifying that until October 10, 2018, you will be able to use your current driver’s license as identification for domestic flights and that, in addition, it will serve as an identification to have access to federal facilities or those regulated by the federal government,” he explained in a written statement.

The official added that, in addition, citizens can request the passport book and the Passport Card at the Passport Offices of the State Department, which complies with the requirements and purposes of the REAL ID Act.

The REAL ID is an effort coordinated by the federal government and the states to strengthen the reliability and certainty of the documents issued by the states as a valid identification to prevent fraudulent ones.

“Starting Oct. 1, 2020, every air traveler will need to present a REAL ID-compliant license or another acceptable form of identification for domestic air travel,” according to Homeland Security.

Travelers can check DHS’s REAL ID webpage at any time to learn if your state is compliant and can check with your state’s agency that issues driver’s licenses about how to acquire a compliant license. The earlier your state becomes compliant, the more likely you will be able to acquire a compliant license as part of the normal renewal cycle.

A comparison of a current ID, left, with a Real ID.

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