- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico’s Democratic congressional delegation is urging Gov. Susana Martinez and state lawmakers to pass new legislation to make the state REAL ID compliant.

U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan and Michelle Lujan said Friday they were all briefed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on why New Mexico was denied an extension from tougher federal requirements on state driver’s licenses.

The decision means New Mexico driver’s licenses and IDs won’t be valid for federal purposes, including, eventually, boarding commercial aircraft next year.

REAL ID Act requirements require proof of legal U.S. residency for holders who want to use them to access certain areas of federal buildings.

New Mexico state law allows immigrants suspected of being in the country illegal to obtain driver’s licenses.

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