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Data is sourced from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Status information is up-to-date, as of December 15, 2017.
Alaska currently has an extension filed for the REAL ID Act.
State status definitions:
- Compliant: States/territories that comply with the REAL ID Act.
- Extension: States/territories that do not currently comply with the REAL ID Act, but have filed for an extension until Oct. 10, 2018. Note that DHS is currently reviewing extension requests for states that had extensions set to expire last year, on Oct. 10, 2017.
- Limited Extension: States/territories that do not currently comply with the REAL ID Act, but have filed for an extension until June 6, 2017.
- Noncompliant: States/territories that do not comply with the REAL ID Act.
The clock is ticking for Alaska to get ready to comply with the national REAL ID Act.
The REAL ID Act sets national standards on the look of driver's licenses and identification cards, in order to try to limit the production of fake IDs.
Last year, Alaska changed its status from limited extension to extension to meet those requirements, but that will expire on Oct. 10, 2018.
Without the extension, Alaskans who do not have a federally compliant ID would not be able to access federal facilities, including military bases, starting on Jan. 22, 2018. In addition, people from states not in compliance and without an extension would need an alternative ID, like a passport, to fly – even domestically.
But because Alaska filed for an extension, immediate impacts may not be felt by the regular citizen until autumn.