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Feds Reject N.M. Licenses

Feds Reject N.M. Licenses

Updated to correct an error in a previous version of this post.

New Mexico driver’s licenses will no longer be valid for access to federal facilities beginning Jan. 10, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.

The federal government will decide in 2016 the date on which they will no longer be valid for air travel.

The Department of Homeland Security denied New Mexico’s application for an extension to continue using driver’s licenses as a federal ID under the Real ID Act. New Mexico allows immigrants to obtain IDs without proof of citizenship, and the federal law bars that.

This change in policy would make New Mexicans have to get another form of ID, such as a passport, to access commercial flights or federal facilities.

AP said the feds notified New Mexico officials last week of the denial. A spokesman for the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department was not immediately available for comment.

Arizona and Minnesota could also be affected by the Real ID Act policies as well, The AP said.

–Rene Thompson

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