real id deadline extended

Do you remember when everyone was required to have a Real ID driver’s license by October of 2020 in order to fly domestically? Were you scrambling to get this done? 

Well, when the pandemic hit, that deadline was extended to October of 2021. You might not have taken notice because you weren’t planning on flying anytime soon.

But now, with the effects of Covid-19 extending well beyond what was anticipated, the Department of Homeland Security has extended the Real ID enforcement to May 3, 2023.  At that point, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, state-issued enhanced driver’s license, or another acceptable form of ID to fly within the United States.

Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the federal government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.” The Act and implementing regulations establish minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards and prohibit federal agencies, like TSA, from accepting licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards for official purposes, such as getting through the airport security checkpoint to board a plane.

For international travel, you will need your passport.  In fact, you can use your passport to verify your identity at the TSA checkpoint instead of a REAL ID-compliant state-issued driver’s license. 

To learn more about getting an Enhanced or Real ID as a New York State resident, go to the Department of Motor Vehicles online portal for the Real ID.

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