SACRAMENTO (KRON) — With hours left until the deadline for approval, the Department of Homeland Security granted a four month extension for California’s Real I.D. compliance.
Had the DMV not received confirmation by Thursday, California travelers would not have been able to get on planes or enter federal buildings without a passport or other federally accepted form of ID. DMV officials blamed the government shutdown for the delay. Some lawmakers say it’s not an excuse.
“The DMV has had 13 years, to this day, California is one of a handful of states that does not have an approved REAL I.D.,” said Assemblyman Jim Patterson (R-Fresno).
Real I.D. concerns kick off a new year for California’s DMV following a tumultuous year for the department in 2018.
This year, the DMV is requesting an additional $40 million from lawmakers, threatening the return of long wait times if it does not get the funding.
Both Assemblymen Patterson and Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) are on the budget committee.
“They want a whole bunch more money for more employees. Our insiders are saying that doesn’t do a thing,” said Patterson. “That’s just throwing good money after bad.”
“I’d like to take a closer look at where the money went. In terms of what staffing, what offices, we know some offices continue to have very significant lines. We want to make sure those are addressed before appropriating any more money,” said Ting.
Gov. Gavin Newsom is also intervening.
He announced Wednesday he is ordering a modernization, reinvention along with a review of the department.
The clock is ticking for the DMV, which now has until April to either comply with Real I.D. or ask for another extension.”
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