Real ID full enforcement date extended

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Department of Homeland Security is extending the REAL ID full enforcement date by 19 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Originally the deadline was October 1, 2021, of this year, but now the new date is May 3, 2023, due to circumstances resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

    So beginning in 2023, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or identification card, state-issued enhanced driver’s license, or another TSA-acceptable form of identification at airport security checkpoints for domestic air travel.

    Homeland Security says the pandemic has significantly 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.

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