The Department of Homeland Security announced that it has extended the REAL ID full enforcement date from Oct. 1, 2021, to May 3, 2023, due to the ongoing pandemic.
The pandemic impacted states’ ability to issue REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards, with many driver’s licensing agencies still operating at limited capacity, government officials said in announcing the extension.
“Protecting the health, safety, and security of our communities is our top priority,” said DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. “As our country continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, extending the REAL ID full enforcement deadline will give states needed time to reopen their driver’s licensing operations and ensure their residents can obtain a REAL ID-compliant license or identification card.”
Beginning May 3, 2023, you will not be able to use your standard driver’s license or ID to board a domestic flight or enter federal facilities. Instead, you will need a valid passport or passport card, enhanced driver’s license or ID card, or another federally accepted form of identification.