Deadline for TSA-Compliant Real-ID Delayed Due to Coronavirus
The October 1, 2020 deadline for Americans to obtain a Real ID in order to pass through airport security checkpoints has been delayed again, President Donald Trump announced this week, according to a report.
"At a time when we're asking Americans to maintain social distancing, we do [not] want to require people to go with their local DMV.," he said. "We will be announcing the new deadline very soon. It's going to be announced in a very short moment."
The DHS website still says October 1, 2020 is the deadline for enforcement, but the new deadline is expected to be announced soon, says the report.
Earlier in March, says the report, members of Congress urged the Department of Homeland Security to consider extending the deadline. "For implementation to go smoothly, DHS would need tens of millions of Americans to get new identifications over the next several months," reps Peter DeFazio and Bennie Thompson said in a statement, per Bloomberg News. "Creating lines at Departments of Motor Vehicles would be foolish during a pandemic."