Idaho Closer to Asking Feds to Delay ID Compliance
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho is a step closer to asking the federal government for more time to start complying with the federal Real ID Act.
The Idaho Senate Transportation Committee endorsed a bill Tuesday that would let the state Transportation Department ask the federal government to postpone the compliance deadline for one year. Without the extension, Idaho residents won't be able to use their Idaho driver's licenses to board commercial flights starting in 2016.
The bill won't aim to bring Idaho into line with the federal rules. The Legislature banned the state from complying in 2008. The House has unanimously passed the bill. Democratic Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb from Boise voiced concerns that progress isn't being made on solving the main problem of Idaho's noncompliance.
Alan Frew from the Idaho Transportation Department says the request is drafted and ready to send.