Louisiana politicians ask for extension on Real ID deadline

Louisiana politicians ask for extension on Real ID deadline

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Boarding a flight could be a hassle unless political leaders from Louisiana get what they're asking from the federal government.

A letter was sent to Jeh Johnson, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), from U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, Sen. David Vitter, Rep. Ralph Abraham, Rep. Charles Boustany, Rep. Cedric Richmond and Rep. Garret Graves.

They requested more time before mandatory standards go into effect for the Real ID Act. The deadline is Friday, October 10.

In 2014, state legislators voted for state driver's licenses to meet the standards, but Governor Bobby Jindal vetoed it. The standards were set as part of the 9/11 Commission's findings 10 years ago.

Without the extension, Louisiana residents will be required to show a second form of ID at certain times, like boarding a place or entering a federal building.

Louisiana is one of four U.S. territories currently not meeting the standard REAL ID requirements.

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