ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A rural state senator has called on Gov. Mike Dunleavy to seek a delay in the implementation of Alaska Real ID driver licenses.
Sen. Donny Olson, D-Golovin, on Thursday said Dunleavy should use his influence with President Donald Trump to delay the Real ID requirement, scheduled to take effect Oct. 1.
Congress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005 to increase driver license security standards.
Starting Oct. 1, Alaskans must have a Real ID, or another form of federal identification, such as a passport, to pass through security at airports and other federally secured areas. Alaskans without the REAL ID driver license could be barred from travel.
Olson noted in a press release that the state Department of Administration is seeking $60,000 in donations from Alaskans for an outreach program that could help rural Alaskans who don’t have Division of Motor Vehicle offices in their communities obtain REAL ID drivers licenses.
The deadline for implementation should be delayed until the state can figure out a proper path to reach all Alaskans, Olson said.