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Rep. Corlew continues work on REAL ID implementation

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In 2017, Rep. Kevin Corlew championed legislation to help ensure the state is able to issue licenses that comply with federal REAL ID standards. This session, Rep. Corlew is back with another bill to ease any remaining concerns about the federal act and help Missouri speed up implementation.

The federal REAL ID Act was passed in 2005 in response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Among its provisions is a requirement that states retain paper and digital copies of the documents people submit when applying for a license.

This provision caused concern in Missouri and other states. In 2009, the General Assembly actually voted to ban the state’s department of revenue from complying with REAL ID.

However, without REAL ID compliance, there was a growing concern that Missourians may soon be barred from boarding planes at airports or entering federal facilities unless they had a separate federally-issued ID, such as a passport.

Rep. Corlew, a Republican from Kansas City, has been working to find a solution that would put Missouri in compliance with the federal REAL ID standards while easing concerns in the state about personal records being retained by the government.

Last year, Rep. Corlew sponsored House Bill 151 which created a path toward REAL ID compliance in Missouri. The bill was passed into law.

This session, Rep. Corlew is sponsoring House Bill 2681. This bill makes clarifications to the 2017 law, including specifying that the records collected during the license process must be retained no longer than required under federal law.

The bill was passed unanimously by a Missouri House committee on March 27. The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry supports the bill and testified in favor of the legislation during a recent hearing.

“Complying with REAL ID is an important concern for the state’s business community. We need to ensure that our state isn’t an outlier and that people can easily travel to and from Missouri without additional burdens and ID requirements,” said Matt Panik, Missouri Chamber vice president of governmental affairs. “We greatly appreciate the leadership of Rep. Corlew on this issue. We now urge the General Assembly to pass this bipartisan bill and make sure that Missouri can move forward with REAL ID compliance.”

How will REAL ID help keep your business running smoothly? Let us know.

For more information, contact Panik at at mpanik@mochamber.com or 573.634.3511.

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