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The law set federal standards for driver’s licenses intended to be used for federal purposes, such as boarding planes.

But the Bush administration and the Obama administration repeatedly have extended deadlines for states to comply with some of the requirements.

Governors from both parties have applauded the delays, but congressional Republicans who pushed the legislation say each extension is a setback for security.

The current deadline is Jan. 15 — nearly five years after the initial deadline.

Most states have adopted requirements that those seeking licenses prove they are in the country legally, but they are now grappling with how to handle President Obama’s new nondeportation policy for younger illegal immigrants.

Under that policy, those illegal immigrants will be granted tentative legal status and work authorization, but Homeland Security says they are not considered to be here legally — a status that has states confused about how to treat them for purposes of identification.