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REAL ID REPRIEVE: Plaskett Says New Deadine Is In 2018


                        Rep. Stacey Plaskett

WASHINGTON – The Virgin Islands Free Press reported on Dec. 29, 2015 that the Virgin Islands government was facing a Jan. 10, 2016 deadline for REAL ID.

Soon after, the other media in the territory carried the story and yesterday Virgin Islands Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett acknowledged that the federal government has given the territory more time to get its REAL ID act together.

“We are pleased that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has granted additional time to states and territories to become compliant with the REAL ID Act,” Plaskett said. “Our office has had several meetings and has been in contact with DHS to ensure the territory received additional time to come in compliance. This extension will allow Virgin Islanders, who use their locally issued driver’s license as their primary form of identification, the ability to continue using that form of identification to travel and access federal facilities in the country.”

Plaskett said that the new deadline for compliance with the REAL ID Act is now Jan. 22, 2018.

“This gives states and territories not yet compliant, an additional two years to implement an ID plan,” she said.

The REAL ID Act enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the Federal Government set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.

The Act established minimum-security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for official purposes licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards.

Congress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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