John J. Monahan
Telegram.com
December 21, 2009

BOSTON — Few states, including Massachusetts, are prepared to meet a Dec. 31 deadline to comply with the controversial Real ID law passed by Congress in 2005 to prevent use of fraudulent state driver’s licenses.

As a result, federal officials have postponed the deadline and are looking to redesign the law.

In a letter to state officials, Juliette N. Kayem, assistant secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, who once challenged the federal license mandates when she worked in the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety, said the year-end deadline has been extended.

Gov. Deval L. Patrick had signed on to a letter opposing the program, as well.

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