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Access to Federal Facilities Complicated by REAL ID

For companies doing business at Federal facilities and in Federally secure areas, some important news broke in the media on October 28.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)  has ended New Mexico’s REAL ID exemption, meaning a New Mexico driver’s license will no longer be a valid document for getting an access badge.

A three-month grace period, until January 10, 2016, delays immediate implementation of these new requirements.

However, until the state can meet Federal compliance, the New Mexico Tax & Revenue Department anticipates disruptions in the acceptance of a New Mexico driver's license as a valid identification for Federal purposes.

See the KOB story:  http://www.kob.com/article/stories/s3946455.shtml#.VjEu68KlTks.email

The memo from DHS to the New Mexico Tax & Revenue Department is linked in the article above.

The DHS website has more general information on REAL ID implementation and enforcement:  http://www.dhs.gov/real-id-enforcement-brief#

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