LAS CRUCES, N.M. — New Mexico Driver's Licenses will not work as a valid form of identification beginning January 15th of next year once the Real ID Act goes into effect and the state has not heard back about an extension.
New Mexico is still not in compliance with the federal law because the state issues licenses to illegal immigrants by not requiring a social security number.
"Just a few days ago, New Mexico's Homeland Security called Homeland Security and said what can we expect what can New Mexicans expect and no answer," said Governor Susana Martinez.
The governor has pushed unsuccessfully to repeal a 2003 law allowing licenses to be issued without a social security number.
If the state is not granted an extension or can comply with the Real ID Act regulations, New Mexico driver's licenses will not work to get aboard planes or inside federal laboratories.
The legislature will meet January 15th of next year, the same day the Real ID Act goes into effect.