On Dec. 28, 2009, DHS issued a final rule in the Federal Register that stayed the Jan. 1, 2010 date that states must be in material compliance with the REAL ID ACT of 2005. DHS will lift the stay and announce any new compliance dates by publication in a document in the Federal Register. The REAL ID Act of 2005 (the Act) prohibits federal agencies, as of May 11, 2008, from accepting a driver’s license or personal identification card for any official purpose unless the license or card has been issued by a state that is meeting the requirements set forth in the Act. The REAL ID Act of 2005 is a U.S. federal law that imposes certain security, authentication, and issuance procedure standards for the state driver’s licenses and state ID cards, for them to be accepted by the federal government for “official purposes” as defined by the Secretary of Homeland Security. The Secretary has defined “official purposes” as presenting state driver’s licenses and identification cards for boarding commercially operated airline flights and entering federal buildings and nuclear power plants.