Homeland Security delays deadline to get Real ID until 2025 [Video]


  • 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 US Department of Homeland Security on Monday announced that it would delay the start of the Real ID program by two years

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

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4 thoughts on “Homeland Security delays deadline to get Real ID until 2025 [Video]

  1. That should give them plenty of time to get 20 million illegals a REAL id. Don’t want that ready for election time.

    1. You are SO right!! And I’m sure they want it to include the VACCINE PASSPORT!!!😡

  2. The ONLY ID the feds MIGHT possibly have anything to do with is with US Passports – the ones without tracker chips in them. Otherwise it’s none of their business – that’s the states jurisdiction. And ANY form of digital ID to replace paper IDs should be strictly limited and optional (with no penalty against non-digital). Anything else welcomes social scoring, a surveillance state, and near complete loss of freedom. That’s Communist states, NOT America.

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