As the Real ID Deadline Closes In, How will the Requirement Affect Tribal Citizens living in North Dakota?

Americans now have less than a year to switch over from your average driver’s license to the Real ID. As the clock winds down, KX News is putting you first to answer any remaining questions about the process.

Today, we spoke with the head of the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission to find out if the Real ID poses a problem for those who only have a Tribal ID.

The short answer from Executive Director Scott Davis is, no. But North Dakota officials leave us with a lot of unanswered questions.

“When you brought this thing forward, it really made me think that we really need to make sure that we’re all on the same page. How do we work with the tribes, making sure that everything, every document, cards, etc. are going to be accepted when they come to the DOT to get that Real ID card,” said Davis.

And that’s just it. The implications that the Real ID requirements will have on those with solely a Tribal ID is being brought to the forefront for the first time.