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Real ID gets an extension

Real ID gets an extension

Late Friday afternoons are usually reserved for bad news, when, presumably, most people are too busy thinking about the weekend to care about anything much.

But this time the news was pretty good. At least for now.

On the Friday in question, Jan. 8, the Department of Homeland Security announced that whatever state-issued identification is in your wallet will suffice until 2018 to get past airport security. Most observers had assumed that 2016 would be the year that the federal government finally played hardball regarding Real ID, the program intended to tighten security standards for state-issued identification. Instead, after years of kicking the proverbial can down the...

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