WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- The United States has extended the deadline to get a Real ID-compliant form of identification until May 2025.
- The Department of Homeland Security said the pandemic had made it more difficult to obtain a Real ID.
- The deadline for the Real ID has been repeatedly delayed since 2008.
The department was supposed to implement the program in May 2023 but decided to delay it until May 7, 2025, due to “the lingering impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
The program says air travelers 18 and older will have to present a Real ID-compliant driver’s license or other federally approved forms of identification to board domestic flights, access federal facilities or enter nuclear plants. A regular driver’s license or non-driver ID will not be accepted.
DHS said the COVID-19 pandemic made it difficult to obtain a Real ID. The department extended the deadline to allow state licensing agencies to “work through backlogs created by the pandemic.”
“This extension will give states needed time to ensure their residents can obtain a REAL ID-compliant license or identification card,” Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas said in a statement. “DHS will also use this time to implement innovations to make the process more efficient and accessible.”
Passed in 2005 in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Real ID Act established minimum security standards for driver’s licenses and other forms of ID. The government has extended the enforcement of the Real ID several times. It was originally intended to take effect in 2008.
Real IDs can be identified by a star, however, its placement is inconsistent as the application process varies from state to state.
Source: The New York Times