Some state governments have claimed that a pending compliance deadline for REAL ID requires them to tighten up their driver’s licensing procedures consistent with the 2005 national ID law. (But see this.)
In fact, REAL ID is dead and the deadline is fake. More than a dozen states have statutorily barred themselves from complying, and in a rule published Monday the Department of Homeland Security extended the deadline again. This is the same thing it did last May and could easily do indefinitely.
The republic survives, and will survive quite nicely without this or any national ID law.______________________
BTC Commentary - We addressed this topic lightly in our editorialized piece Kick the Can, Anyone? Anyone?
IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR STATE BUDGET FOR COMPLIANCE... The best you can do is check in with your local governor's office. An extension is a procrastinatory note; it's not a budget or widgets sold. Real ID is considered dead. One course of action for pragmatic States is to roll over and do nothing. A State government who wants to play paper wall ball with DHS; you will fill out some sheets of paper that kick the can down the road. This creates another deadline until the federal government has decided what to do about the tarbaby a.k.a. the Real ID Act.
There are two paths with the same result.