There's been yet another "extension" in the requirement to upgrade your Driver's License to one with a "REAL ID'.


According to REUTERS, The REAL ID would have been required for you to board an airplane or enter a Federal Building.  The U.S. Congress approved this new federal standard for issuing identification cards back in 2015, but enforcement has been repeatedly pushed back. The Department of Homeland Security originally pushed back the "REAL ID" enforcement of the new rules to April 2021.  Then it was pushed back again " to May of 2023.

The U.S. Homeland Security Department (DHS) said Monday it will delay enforcement of rules again, this time for another two years to May 2025.

DHS said.

The new delay is in part "to address the lingering impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the ability to obtain a REAL ID driver's license or identification card,"

The 2005 law enacted the Sept. 11 commission's recommendation that the U.S. government "set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver's licenses." The law sets minimum security standards for license issuance and production.

As of June, only around half of the eligible population had REAL IDs and the number of Americans obtaining them is increasing at a very slow rate. That figure is up from about 43% as of April 2021.

Airports Council International – North America chief executive officer Kevin Burke praised the decision to push the deadline because few people still have the cards.  Burke said:

It will help "prevent undue travel disruptions" and preserve "the health of the aviation system as we continue to navigate the pandemic's impacts on global air travel,"

Learn more about the new REAL IDS deadline HERE

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