Senate Majority Leader Michael S. Sanchez
NM Senate Democrats: Just The Facts About REAL ID
Submitted by Carol A. Clark
SANTA FE – Senate Majority Leader Michael S. Sanchez, D-29-Valencia, Bernalillo, has requested to disseminate the following information to the public regarding the validity of New Mexico drivers licenses and the associated “Real ID” issue.
Attached are eight documents from different federal agencies and facilities in New Mexico. They demonstrate that right now, there is no need to obtain a passport to enter a federal facility or board a commercial flight.
“My office is available to anyone who needs current identification requirements to enter any federal facility in New Mexico,” Sanchez said. “Please call 505.986.4727 if you have any questions about access to federal facilities, and we will find the appropriate person to verify identification requirements.”
During the 2015 legislative session, the Senate passed (35-5) a bipartisan bill that would have made New Mexico REAL ID compliant; however it failed to pass the House of Representatives. Sanchez said he is committed to the passage of legislation that will be compliant with federal law.
Homeland Security Press Release (ID requirements for air travel)