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You Now Have Over 800 Days To Get Your REAL ID As The Deadline Gets Pushed Back -- Again
If the deadline for the REAL ID has you stressed, take a deep breath because it’s been pushed back — again. The United States federal government has delayed this security requirement for identification cards and driver’s licenses. States will now have more time to issue REAL IDs to their residents.
Delayed until when?
The REAL ID requirements have been delayed by another two years, aka 883 days. The deadline is now May 7, 2025. By that time, U.S. citizens 18 and older must have a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or state photo ID card to take domestic flights in the U.S. The ID will also be required when accessing certain federal facilities. Passports and some other forms of ID will still be accepted.
Why the delay?
According to the Department of Homeland Security, which manages the program, the latest delay is due to the “lingering impacts” of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement, DHS says that the process was “significantly hindered by state driver’s licensing agencies having to work through the backlogs created by the pandemic.”
DHS extended the deadline last year due to the pandemic.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement, “DHS continues to work closely with US states, the District of Columbia, and the US territories to meet REAL ID requirements. This extension will gives states needed time to ensure their residents can obtain a REAL ID-compliant license or identification card.”
Enhanced Driver’s Licenses (EDL) are issued in Washington, Michigan, Minnesota, Vermont, and New York and are considered acceptable alternatives to REAL ID cards.
How do you get a REAL ID?
The DHS advises you to “visit your state driver’s licensing agency website to find out exactly what documentation is required to obtain a REAL ID.”
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You will need to provide documentation with:
-Date of birth
-Social Security Number
-(2) proofs of address