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New Mexico receives Real ID extension

Visitors to Holloman using state identification from Minnesota, Missouri, Washington and American Samoa will no longer be authorized access without additional documentation. A New Mexico driver’s license will still be accepted through Oct. 10, 2017 due to an extension. (U.S. Air Force Illustration by Airman 1st Class Randahl J. Jenson)

Visitors to Holloman using state identification from Minnesota, Missouri, Washington and American Samoa will no longer be authorized access without additional documentation. A New Mexico driver’s license will still be accepted through Oct. 10, 2017 due to an extension. (U.S. Air Force Illustration by Airman 1st Class Randahl J. Jenson)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – --

The Department of Homeland Security has granted New Mexico an extension to comply with the federal REAL ID Act.  

The decision means the Air Force will continue to accept driver’s licenses from New Mexico and 16 other states and territories with extensions. Driver's licenses from these states will be accepted at all federal facilities, to include DOD installations, as proof of identity, through Oct. 10, 2017.  

There are a total of 21 states and territories with extensions or limited extensions to comply with the REAL ID Act. Eight states remain noncompliant with the law.  

Individuals who do not have a license from a REAL ID-compliant state will be asked to provide alternate acceptable identification such as a U.S. passport.  

Please visit https://www.dhs.gov/current-status-states-territories for more information. For Holloman-specific REAL ID Act information, please contact the Welcome Center at 575-572-5951.