HELENA - As part of its ongoing efforts to inform the public about REAL ID, the Montana Department of Justice’s Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) has launched mtrealid.gov. The site provides answers to frequently asked questions and allows interested individuals to sign up for MVD’s email notification list when appointments are available to obtain a REAL ID compliant license.
During the 2017 Legislative Session (Senate Bill 366), Montana’s legislature and governor directed MVD to create an optional driver license that complies with the federal REAL ID Act of 2005. Montanans can apply for a REAL ID beginning in January 2019.
“Over the last year, we’ve been working toward REAL ID implementation by acquiring the necessary equipment to issue compliant credentials and producing outreach materials like this new website,” MVD Administrator Sarah Garcia said. “Before the end of the year, we will launch a public service announcement campaign, created through a partnership with MSU-Billings students. We want to give Montanans ample time and accurate information to decide if a REAL ID license is right for them.”
Last fall, Montana received an extension from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for REAL ID implementation. The extension expires October 10, 2018. At this time, Montana drivers’ licenses are accepted by the Transportation Security Administration to board domestic commercial flights and access federal facilities. MVD has requested another one-year extension and is awaiting the decision. MVD continues work closely with DHS to ensure full compliance with the law.
For more information, visit mtrealid.gov.