Residents who don’t yet have REAL ID and were looking to get one to travel have more time to do so. The Oct. 1, 2020, deadline for REAL ID requirements to board a domestic flight has been extended a year.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, federal officials postponed the deadline to accommodate the closing of many Department of Motor Vehicle offices to the public and to alleviate crowding at others. Having people visit a License Center to get their ID and wait in a crowded room or stand in a long line goes against directives to practice social distancing. Locally, with many License Centers closed to the public, issuing REAL IDs became difficult.
Federal officials have delayed the REAL ID requirement 12 months. The new deadline is Oct. 1, 2021.
REAL ID allows people to board a plane, enter a secure federal building, or visit a military installation. The REAL ID is not needed to drive.
The REAL ID Act was passed in 2005 after the 9/11 terror attacks to make all state-issued ID cards more secure.