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DHS Delays REAL ID Deadline Again, Extends Compliance Date to May 2025

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On Monday, federal officials pushed back the two-year deadline for obtaining your REAL ID with federally mandated security features such as hologram fingerprints and high-resolution digital facial photos.

The Department of Homeland Security said it has extended the REAL ID compliance date from May 3, 2023 to May 7, 2025, due to COVID-19 affecting the ability of state agencies to process driver’s licenses and identity cards.

Eventually, anyone 18 and older will need a REAL ID-compliant ID to board an aircraft for domestic flights or access certain federal buildings.

“This extension will give states the time they need to ensure their residents can obtain a REAL ID-compliant license or ID card,” DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in announcing the delay. “DHS will also use this time to implement innovations to make the process more efficient and accessible. We will continue to ensure that the American public can travel safely. »

This is the third time DHS has delayed the REAL ID deadline. It was previously postponed from Spring 2020 to October 2021, then later to May 2023.

A recommendation of the 9/11 Commission, the REAL ID Act was passed in 2005 to protect against identity fraud.


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