Deadline for Real ID for Air Travel Pushed Back Due to Covid

The Department of Homeland Security will delay the requirement for air travelers to have a Real ID-compliant form of identification, according to two senior officials with knowledge of the plans.

The deadline was supposed to be October 1. Similar delays in the past have been the result of a lack of full state compliance with the requirements for issuing the more secure driver’s licenses. But this time, it’s due to the pandemic, these officials say, which made it harder for people to get into state motor vehicle departments and get the new IDs.

Real ID compliant cards are issued after a more thorough check of an applicant’s identification and incorporate new security features that make them harder to counterfeit. Under the Real ID Act, passed by Congress after the 9/11 terror hijackings of 2001, travelers 18 or older wanting to board an airplane by using a driver’s license for identification must have one that conforms with the law’s stricter requirements.

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