State senator calls for REAL ID extension to help rural Alaskans

One Alaska state senator wants Gov. Mike Dunleavy to ask President Donald Trump for an extension of the REAL ID deadline, as well as additional funding for outreach in rural communities.

Sen. Donny Olson, D-Golovin, wrote to the governor on Dec. 31, saying that both Dunleavy and Trump have a responsibility to ensure the ID mandate is implemented properly so as not to infringe upon Alaskans’ rights to travel.

As of Oct. 1, 2020, a REAL ID or other acceptable identification, such as a passport or a Bureau of Indian Affairs card with a photo, would be required for commercial air travel and to enter federal buildings or military bases.

Alaskans in remote communities sometimes rely on air travel for medical appointments. Olson said they’re concerned.