Perhaps you know that to continue flying domestically, you must soon show proof of a new style of driver’s license – or a Real ID. Well, there is no need to rush out and get that new license. The Department of Homeland Security has announced that the Real ID deadline has been extended for another 2 years.
The Real ID is a state-issued identification that follows federal security standards.
After the attack of 9/11/2001, the country worried about security. In May of 2005, President George W. Bush signed the ‘Real ID Act of 2005’ into law. This law came about for the federal government to create standards for secure driver’s licenses, including anti-counterfeiting technology. The new driver’s license goal is to ensure the information is correct. And all domestic airline travelers must show either a Real ID driver’s license, passport, military ID, or another TSA-accepted form of identification.
But Homeland Security has extended the Real ID deadline once again.
Initially, the Real ID deadline was set for October 20, 2020 – but we all know that the pandemic was in full swing then. The deadline was then extended until May 3, 2023. But, due to continuing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the progress of rolling out the new state-issued Real IDs has been slow. State agencies still have to work through the backlog created by the shutdown.
Therefore, the new Real ID deadline is May 7, 2025.
By this date, every domestic airline traveler over 18 years old must have a Real ID-compliant driver’s license, identification card, or state-issued enhanced driver’s license. You will be required to show your new driver’s license at the TSA checkpoints in every airport.
To obtain a Real ID – when you receive a new driver’s license, you must state that you want the new license to be Real ID compliant. The licensing bureau may not automatically give you the updated driver’s license without you asking for it.
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