The Department of Homeland Security announced Monday that it would extend the deadline for REAL ID compliance.

Key Points:

  • DHS extended the deadline from May 3, 2023, to May 7, 2025.
  • The extension gives states additional time to issue residents driver’s licenses that comply with the requirements of the REAL ID Act.
  • Beginning May 7, 2025, travelers 18 and older must show a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or identification card at airport security for domestic air travel.

Background: The federal REAL ID Act requires states to issue driver’s licenses and identification documents that comply with heightened security standards. The most recent extension was granted in part because of “lingering impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic” and associated delays at state Department of Motor Vehicle offices. The extension will give applicants additional time to apply for REAL IDs and states additional time to process applications. DHS has extended the deadline numerous times, most recently in April 2021.

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