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REAL ID deadline extended to May 3, 2023

 

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News outlets are reporting that United States citizens will now have an additional 19 months to make sure they have a REAL ID.

The Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday that it would delay enforcement of the REAL ID until May 3, 2023, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Tuesday that the Oct. 1 deadline will be pushed back 19 months to May 3, 2023, due to COVID-19. By that date, every air traveler 18 and older will need a Real ID-compliant driver’s license or identification card, state-issued enhanced driver’s license, or another TSA-acceptable form of identification to make it through airport security. This change will impact travelers flying domestically. If by 2023 you still do not have a Real ID, a valid U.S. passport can also be used for domestic flights.

DHS says the pandemic has impacted states’ ability to issue Real ID-compliant driver’s licenses and ID cards.

“Protecting the health, safety, and security of our communities is our top priority,” Mayorkas said in a statement. “As our country continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, extending the Real ID full enforcement deadline will give states needed time to reopen their driver’s licensing operations and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, extending the Real ID full enforcement deadline will give states needed time to reopen their driver’s licensing operations and ensure their residents can obtain a Real ID-compliant license or identification card.”

This is the second COVID-related delay of the full enforcement of Real IDs. The Trump administration moved the original October 2020 deadline last year.”

Full story here: https://www.wyff4.com/article/still-dont-have-a-real-id-officials-are-extending-the-deadline-once-again/36267933#

 

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