President Trump on Monday said he will extend the Real ID deadline due to the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis and the need for social distance. 

The deadline had been Oct. 1 for domestic airline passengers to secure a Real ID driver’s license for use as identification at the airport. No new implementation date has been set.

“We’re postponing the deadline for compliance with Real ID requirements,” Trump said during a press conference at the White House. “At a time when we’re asking Americans to maintain social distance, we do not want to require people to go to their local DMV. We will be announcing the new deadline very soon.”

The U.S. Travel Association, which has long warned that the Oct. 1 deadline would leave many Americans unable to fly, applauded the delay in implementation. 

U.S. Travel CEO Roger Dow said, “The already difficult task of bringing the country closer to Real ID compliance is now clearly impossible due to the coronavirus crisis.” 

Dow added, “We’ve asked the Department of Homeland Security that the delay of the Real ID enforcement deadline remain in place until the current economic environment improves and DHS can certify that access to air travel will not be negatively impacted after Real ID enforcement begins.”

Real ID driver’s licenses must meet security standards laid out in the Real ID Act of 2005. More data is required for the issuance of Real IDs, and compliant IDs are to have security features intended to prevent tampering or counterfeiting.


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