Real ID deadline once more prolonged, pushed again to 2025

Simply 5 months earlier than the newest Real ID deadline was supposed to enter impact, the U.S. Division of Homeland Safety once more prolonged when vacationers might want to have the brand new federally mandated identification card for home flights.

The federal company introduced Monday it will push again its date to start imposing Real ID compliance to Could 5, 2025, two years after the newest Could 3, 2023 deadline. The company has already prolonged its enforcement date no less than 4 occasions because the change was first introduced for October 2020.

The latest 24-month extension will handle “the lingering impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the ability to obtain a REAL ID driver’s license or identification card” after that course of was “significantly hindered” by licensing backlogs from the pandemic, based on a press release from the Division of Homeland Safety. Many states’ identification card companies prolonged expiration dates of driver’s licenses and identification playing cards as a result of pandemic, or shifted to appointment-only availability, the federal company mentioned, which affected operations.

“This extension will give states needed time to ensure their residents can obtain a REAL ID-compliant license or identification card,” Homeland Safety Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas mentioned in a press release Monday. “DHS will also use this time to implement innovations to make the process more efficient and accessible.”

Beneath the newest replace, each traveler 18 or older will want a Real ID-compliant driver’s license or identification card — or one other Transportation Safety Administration-acceptable type of identification — to get by way of airport safety checkpoints for home air journey starting Could 7, 2025.

Journey business leaders have voiced concern over the previous few years that the $1.1-trillion journey business can be damage if many People are unable to board planes as a result of they’d but to get Real ID licenses.

Real ID-compliant licenses are marked by a star on the highest of the cardboard. In California, the upgraded licenses even have a gold bear within the higher proper nook.

The brand new license requirements adjust to federal laws enacted after suggestions from the 9/11 Fee, and have been nearly 17 years within the making.

Real ID is just not required for drivers, and air passengers nonetheless want a passport to journey internationally.