Real ID Deadline Extended Until May 2023

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended the deadline for travelers to obtain a REAL ID once again due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Department Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas said in a statement on Tuesday that 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. Originally slated for Oct. 1, 2021, U.S. citizens now have until May 3, 2023 to procure their REAL ID if they wish to use a state ID to board any domestic flight. Otherwise, travelers will need their passport.