RealID: real problems

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March 21, 2008

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff today warned that travelers in South Carolina and several states could face big problems unless the states request an extension to comply with identification laws.

South Carolina, Maine and Montana have not asked for an extension to comply with the new law. The law, called Real ID, is to take effect in May and requires new security measures for state-issued driver's licenses.

Travelers from states who don't comply or have not requested an extension will have to present a passport or be subject to extra screening in order to board a plane or enter a federal building starting in May.

Governor Mark Sanford is still considering whether to request an exemption. Sanford has said the requirements of the new federal law are too expensive and impractical.

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