The Department of Homeland Security just announced that the REAL ID program has been delayed again. While it was supposed to start in May 2023, it has now been pushed back to May 7, 2025. This is the third time the deadline has been extended.
Once this program takes effect, this means that any flyer over 18 will have to have a REAL ID-issued driver's license or another federally approved identification card if they are going to fly domestically. DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement,
"DHS continues to work closely with U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories to meet REAL ID requirements. This extension will give states needed time to ensure their residents can obtain a REAL ID-compliant license or identification card. 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."
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