Good morning Team Mercer!

Some significant changes that may affect many of you at ALL Federal Government Facilities are upon us.  The REAL ID Act was passed by Congress in 2005.  It was a law seeking to create a national identification system by weaving together the states’ driver-licensing systems.  Currently three states are out of compliance, and in October, another 23 states will be out of compliance.  What this means ,is if your CDL was issued in a state that is out of compliance, ALL Federal Government Facilities, including the military bases we load at, will NOT recognize your cdl as a valid form of identification.

If you have a CDL from an out of compliance state, you will need a valid TWIC card, or Passport to get into any Federal Government Facility.  Most of our contractors have a TWIC card, so the vast majority of you will still be able to get into these facilities.  If you don’t have a TWIC card, it is now more important than ever to get one, and if you have a TWIC card, make sure it is current.

Below is a list of states, and what their status is:

Noncompliant States without Extensions:

  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Washington


Extension States:


The following states have an extension, allowing Federal agencies to accept driver’s licenses from these states until October 10, 2016:


  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Idaho
  • Illinois—added since June 1
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire—added since June 1
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Carolina
  • Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Carolina
  • Texas
  • Virginia


Compliant States:

The following states are compliant with the REAL ID Act:


  • Alabama
  • Arizona—added since March 29
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • DC
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • Ohio
  • Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming