New Mexico has gotten its extension from the federal government to comply with the federal Real ID Act.
That means current New Mexico driver’s licenses are once again good as identification to get into secure federal facilities.
Gov. Susana Martinez was notified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security about the extension, which she had requested last week.
That followed the Legislature’s passage of a bill to put the state into compliance with the more stringent requirements of the federal Real ID law.
Under the legislation, which is awaiting Martinez’s signature, the state will issue Real ID compliant driver’s licenses to citizens who want them, and to others here legally who want them. Driver’s authorization cards will be issued to undocumented immigrants and to anyone else who wants them.
The extension is good through Oct. 10, 2016, while the state works on implementing the new driver’s license system. Extensions can be renewed if the state shows it’s making progress toward Real ID compliance.