White Sands Missile Range OKs New Mexico driver’s licenses

WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. (AP) – White Sands Missile Range has announced it will begin accepting New Mexico driver’s license for entrance again.

The move Monday comes after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security gave the state a temporary extension on adopting on pending REAL ID state law.

The base had initially stopped accepting the state driver’s licenses after federal officials said they weren’t in compliance with the federal REAL ID Act. But after state lawmakers passed a bill to make the state compliant, the federal government gave New Mexico officials more time to adopt the law.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is expected to sign the measure this week.

The REAL ID Act requires proof of legal U.S. residency for those who want to use state identification to access certain areas of federal facilities.

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