The Real ID Act was implemented to make counterfeit US licenses or IDs more difficult. Due to Covid 19, the process was put on hold. For this reason, Homeland Security is giving Americans an extra two years to upgrade their licenses. A Real ID will then be needed to board a plane, enter a federal building, and more.
YahooNews ~ "Air travelers will now have two more years to upgrade their licenses and other forms of identification to be Real ID-compliant.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Monday the new deadline will be May 7, 2025, allowing Americans more time following delays caused by the COVID pandemic. The old cutoff was slated for May 3, 2023.
Americans wishing to trade their license or ID in for a compliant Real ID, which has a star symbol at the top of the card, must undergo a more stringent ID check during application. According to DHS, security features on Real IDs are designed to prevent counterfeiting and fraud, using documentary evidence and record checks to confirm travelers are who they claim to be. The Real ID will be required by travelers 18 or older to board a plane, enter a federal building or a military base. Passports, military IDs or Global Entry cards also will qualify to pass through airport security.
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement Monday that the extension 'will give states needed time to ensure their residents can obtain a REAL ID-compliant license or identification card,' adding, 'DHS will also use this time to implement innovations to make the process more efficient and accessible.'" ~ YahooNews.