The Department of Homeland security has approved an extension for the state of New Mexico, allowing federal agencies to accept New Mexico driver’s licenses until October 10, 2016 as a means of obtaining a pass to enter government facilities.
The Federal REAL ID Act. of 2005 establishes minimum standards for the production and issuance of state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards. This Act prohibits federal agencies from accepting for official use driver licenses and identity cards from states unless the Department of Homeland Security determines the state meets set standards.
With the extension, New Mexico driver’s licenses will be accepted at Fort Bliss entry locations until Oct. 10.
For the most current information concerning state-by-state compliance with the REAL ID Act, please visit https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-public-faqs .