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REAL ID deadline extended to May 2025

AUSTIN (KXAN) — DHS is extending the enforcement date for REAL ID by 24 months, the TSA announced Monday.

This means the deadline has been moved from May 3, 2023 to May 7, 2025, giving states more time to ensure that their residents’ driver’s licenses and ID cards meet federal safety standards.

This Real Identity Act Passed by Congress in 2005, it establishes minimum security standards for driver’s licenses and driver’s license production and prohibits certain federal agencies from accepting driver’s licenses and ID cards. identity of States that do not meet these requirements.

Some of the requirements include states using anti-counterfeiting technology, preventing internal fraud, and using documentary evidence and record checks to ensure a person is who they say they are.

For ordinary people, if their national ID card does not meet the REAL ID standard within the specified time, it will affect boarding at the airport. Effective May 7, 2025, all travelers 18 and older will require a state-issued REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or ID, or other form of identification accepted by the TSA at the airport.

“The Department of Homeland Security continues to work closely with U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories to meet REAL ID requirements,” DHS Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas said in a statement. . “This extension will give states the time they need to ensure their residents can get a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or ID card. DHS will also use this time to implement innovations that make the process more efficient and accessible. We will continue to ensure that the American public can travel safely. »

According to the TSA, the deadline has been extended due to the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. State driver licensing agencies have faced a backlog created by the pandemic that has stalled progress for the past two years.

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