Dayton's office announced this week that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has agreed to grant Minnesota a "grace period" that runs through January 22, 2018.
"Federal officials have told the governor's office that states which continue to make progress with compliance will continue to be granted these extensions", Gordon said.
In the meantime, the state has been granted the grace period while the Department of Homeland Security decides whether to give Missouri another extension.
The federal government has granted Minnesota a little breathing room in its race to comply with the federal Real ID law, but not as much time as Gov. Mark Dayton and other state officials say they need to fully implement the changes. The law passed in 2005 seeks to improve security standards for state-issued identification credentials.
The Real ID Act set national standards to improve the security of state-issued identification to prevent undocumented immigrants and terrorists from obtaining US driver's licenses. It expects to begin issuing the new licenses in October 2018.
But many states balked at what they saw as federal overreach.
Minnesota has been hoping that the state's driver's licenses and identification cards would get a pass at least until October of next year, when the state will start issuing licenses that conform to the federal requirements.
Those who wish to purchase a Real ID-compliant license starting in 2019 would be charged a one-time fee in addition to the current driver's license fee. Starting Jan. 22, 2018, travelers who want to board domestic flights need to present a compliant identification or an accepted alternative, such as a USA passport or passport card.