REAL ID Travel Deadline Has Been Extended Through October 2021
It was supposed to take effect in October 2020 but know the TSA is saying that the REAL ID requirement for flying inside of the United States has been extended to October 2021.
It's called an enhanced license and it was supposed to take effect in October 2020 which means you would've had to show a REAL ID-compliant driver's license or other acceptable ID to fly within the United States.
The TSA tweeted the change and the TSA on the official government page released this statement:
Due to circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the national emergency declaration, the Department of Homeland Security, as directed by President Donald J. Trump, is extending the REAL ID enforcement deadline beyond the current October 1, 2020 deadline. I have determined that states require a twelve-month delay and that the new deadline for REAL ID enforcement is October 1, 2021. DHS will publish a notice of the new deadline in the Federal Register in the coming days.
It means if you've been sweating getting an enhanced driver's license, you are going to get a little more to be compliant.
I was sweating it because getting to the DOL right now would be a long line considering you have to get the enhanced ID in person.
The TSA statement went on further with this explanation:
“The federal, state and local response to the spread of the Coronavirus here in the United States necessitates a delay in this deadline. Our state and local partners are working tirelessly with the Administration to flatten the curve and, therefore, we want to remove any impediments to response and recovery efforts. States across the country are temporarily closing or restricting access to DMVs. This action will preclude millions of people from applying for and receiving their REAL ID. Extending the deadline will also allow the Department to work with Congress to implement needed changes to expedite the issuance of REAL IDs once the current health crisis concludes.
“Protecting both the health and national security of the American people continues to be the top priority for the President of the United States and the Department of Homeland Security.”