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Feds Give California More Time To Meet Driver's License Standards

Your California I.D. or driver's license will still be accepted by the federal government as a proper form of identification, even though the cards do not fully conform to federal standards.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security extended a deadline for the DMV to meet those standards. The state now has until October to meet the restrictions set by the Real I.D. Act of 2005.

Artemio Armenta is with the California DMV.

"It's very good news for California and for I.D. holders and driver's license card holders that may need to use their I.D. card for boarding a flight," says Armenta.

Federal approval of California I.D.'s as acceptable identification was set to expire on Jan. 10. This will be the second time the federal government has granted an extension.

The state has met about 40 requirements set by the Real I.D. act.

The state must still meet federal security standards for the cards, require proof of residency to obtain them, and limit the length of time they are valid to eight years.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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