Real ID Requirement for Air Travel Delayed Once Again
Americans now have until May 2025 to obtain the card
Americans will have two more years to obtain a Real ID driver’s license or identification card, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Monday.
U.S. air travelers will be required to present the Real ID credential to board a domestic flight beginning May 7, 2025. Before Monday’s announcement, implementation had been scheduled to take effect in May next year.
Postponing enforcement of the last phase of the Real ID Act will give motor vehicle departments across the country more time to process the new credentials, but will come 17 years after the changes initially were to be in place. States have reported that progress on the Real ID program was hindered by the coronavirus pandemic.
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