What happens when the extensions end? Dept of Homeland clarifies REAL ID enforcement plan

What happens when the extensions end? Dept of Homeland clarifies REAL ID enforcement plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KSWO)- Oklahoma was granted time extensions until July 10th by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  After that date, driver's licenses and state IDs will NOT be accepted at military and secure federal facilities – unless further extensions are granted.

DHS Secretary John Kelly testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on June 6th that he will be making decisions within the next week regarding which states may be granted time extensions through October 10, 2017.

According to C-Span, Secretary Kelly stated:

"Anyone who fully understands the role of our government understands that it ends with the protection of our people. No other mission is more important, no other issue more pressing… America today is safe and secure in a way that people could not have envisioned on 9/11…and recent events show that you cannot invest too much in security. Terrorist attacks on innocent victims are horrific reminders of the dangers we face globally. They also illustrate the need to do everything we can to keep our people safe. That means getting better about verifying identity, making sure people are who they say they are, and working with international partners to raise awareness and raise their defenses, to force them if need be, to at least operate at the levels we work at.

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