R.I. Division of Motor Vehicles receives extension on Real ID to October 2018


U.S. Department of Homeland Security decision means state IDs
will continue to be accepted at airports, federal facilities

CRANSTON, R.I. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has granted an extension
to the State of Rhode Island to comply with the federal REAL ID Act.

The federal government passed the REAL ID Act in 2005 in response to the 9/11 terror
attacks to establish minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses
and identification cards. The act prohibits federal agencies, such as the
Transportation Security Administration, from accepting licenses and identification
cards for official purposes from states that do not meet certain standards. Those
standards include requiring applicants to provide proof of identity and lawful
status in the U.S, and states to use counterfeit-resistant security features in the

Beginning Jan. 22, 2018, driver’s licenses or state IDs issued by states that are
not in compliance with the REAL ID Act and that have not been granted an extension
by the Department of Homeland Security may not be used to fly within the United

Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, every traveler will need a REAL ID-compliant license or
state ID or another acceptable form of identification, such as passports, to fly
within the U.S. More information is available here:


The DHS has informed the DMV that Rhode Island is among the nearly 20 states
recently granted extensions to October 2018.

«The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recognizes the State of Rhode Island’s
efforts in supporting our shared goal of improving the security of state-issued
driver’s licenses and identification cards. . . Rhode Island has a path forward
toward satisfying REAL ID requirements,» said Elaine C. Duke, acting DHS secretary.
«As such, DHS is granting Rhode Island an extension through October 10, 2018 to
satisfy the requirements of the REAL ID Act and regulations.»

The DMV has moved steadily toward compliance with REAL ID, receiving previous
extensions to continue its efforts.

In August 2016, the Division began issuing driver’s licenses and identification
cards featuring additional security features required by federal law and updated
AAMVA (American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators) standards. The new
cards meet or exceed the latest nationally accepted card security standards to
better protect Rhode Islanders against fraud and identity theft.

On July 5, 2017, the DMV took a major step toward compliance with the successful
launch of the Rhode Island Modernization System – the computer system that replaced
its 40-year-old predecessor.

«The Division continues the technical and process development work needed to comply
with the provisions of REAL ID,» said Walter R. «Bud» Craddock, the DMV’s
administrator. «We are confident that we will complete that work in time to achieve
full compliance by January 2019 as required by DHS.»

The DMV plans to start the driver’s license re-certification process in January 2019.