Albany, N.Y. (AP) – Five years ago, the U.S. government sought to make sure every state had high-security driver's licenses to thwart terrorism at airports. But the idea continues to face opposition from states still reeling from recession.
The deadline for compliance with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Real ID system has been extended a second time, until Jan. 15, and may be extended again.
If a state hasn't complied, its residents won't be able to use their basic driver's license to get on planes or into federal facilities.
In New York and Maryland, officials are being forced to choose between a high-cost material that would require a switch to black-and-white photos, and a cheaper material that better matches strapped resources. Both are regarded as secure, though the former is favored by some.