FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Alaska residents could soon need more than a driver's license to gain access to military bases and other federal facilities, because Alaska's state-issued identification cards remain out of compliance with federal law.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that Alaska IDs will be invalid for entering federal installations as of Oct. 10. They won't be sufficient to get people through airport checkpoints starting in 2018.
Alaska is one of 28 states and U.S. territories that issue IDs that don't comply with the federal REAL ID Act of 2005.
Alaska has applied for a waiver, but officials say they aren't sure it will come in time.
State Department of Administration spokeswoman Minta Montalbo says a 2008 law has prevented the state from fulfilling all REAL ID requirements.