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Rep. Sanford asks Feds: reconsider REAL ID denial for state

November 17, 2016

COLUMBIA — Rep. Mark Sanford is asking the Department of Homeland Security for another extension so South Carolina can comply with tighter standards for state driver’s licenses.

The South Carolina Republican said Wednesday he’s joined representatives of four other states asking Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to reverse his stand on no more extensions.

In 2008, Sanford, as governor, led a movement against the ID. He argues it is an unfunded mandate and threatens personal privacy.

If states aren’t compliant with the REAL ID act by Jan. 20, residents won’t be able to enter a federal building or military base. On Jan. 22, 2018, the Transportation Security Administration won’t accept non-compliant identification at airports.

Congress approved the move in 2005 to tighten identifications following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

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