The Deadline for Real ID Just Got an Extension: What You Need to Know
More good news for travelers and general procrastinators. If you’ve been putting off that Real ID update to your driver’s license, you just got handed another get out of jail free card.
A lot of the state agencies responsible for issuing driver’s licenses have been running on a skeleton crew, and continue at limited capacity right now, which prompted the Department of Homeland Security to extend that deadline into 2023 – May 3rd, 2023 to be exact.
It’s been so long since anyone’s been focused on this issue, you’ll be forgiven if you’ve completely forgotten what it’s all about. So here’s a refresher. After 9-11, renewed focus on identification and security promoted the federal government to pass the REAL-ID Act of 2005. When we hit the new deadline, federal agencies – including the TSA – will require state ID to comply with the legislative requirements of the REAL-ID Act. Prior to this legislation being passed, some states did not have as stringent of requirements for identification.
You should check with your specific state to see what documents they require to issue your Real ID, but in general you can expect to furnish:
- Proof of U.S. citizenship (valid U.S. Passport or U.S. Certificate of Citizenship
- Proof of your identity (Driver’s license or passport)
- Valid Social Security Card
- Proof of state residency (utility bill or state I.D.)
By May 3, 2023 every American 18 years old or older, must have a Real-ID compliant driver’s license or state I.D. to travel on a domestic flight. Other acceptable forms of identification include U.S. passports.
The latest data estimate only about half of all state driver’s licenses in the U.S. are currently Real-ID compliant. So the new deadline should give you procrastinators plenty of time to make that update. Until then, happy travels!
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