- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 29, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has given Alaska an extension to meet national proof-of-identity standards.

The 2005 federal Real ID law imposes tougher requirements for proof of legal U.S. residency for state driver’s licenses to be valid for federal purposes. But Alaska hasn’t met certain provisions. The Alaska Department of Administration said a state law prohibits state agencies from spending money solely to comply with the federal law.

The extension runs through Oct. 10. Until that time, Alaska driver’s licenses and ID cards will continue to be accepted as valid forms of identification at airports and federal buildings.

The state plans to seek another extension next fall, though it’s not clear whether it will get one.

Leslie Ridle, a deputy commissioner of Administration, said Tuesday that Homeland Security officials promised they would provide an ample warning if they do not intend to provide another extension.



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