Actual ID deadline once more prolonged, pushed again to 2025

Simply 5 months earlier than the newest Actual ID deadline, the U.S. Division of Homeland Safety has once more prolonged when vacationers might want to have a federally mandated identification card for home flights.

The federal company introduced Monday it will push again the deadline to Might 5, 2025, two years after the latest Might 3, 2023 deadline. The company has already prolonged its enforcement date a number of occasions.

The 24-month extension will tackle “the lingering impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the flexibility to acquire a REAL ID driver’s license or identification card” after that course of was “considerably hindered” by licensing backlogs from the pandemic, in accordance with a press release from the Division of Homeland Safety. Many states’ identification card businesses prolonged expiration dates of driver’s licenses and identification playing cards as a result of pandemic, or shifted to appointment solely availability, which affected operations.

“This extension will give states wanted time to make sure their residents can acquire a REAL ID-compliant license or identification card,” Homeland Safety Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas mentioned in a press release Monday. “DHS may also use this time to implement improvements to make the method extra environment friendly and accessible.”

Below the newest replace, each traveler 18 or older will want a Actual ID-compliant driver’s license or identification card — or one other Transportation Safety Administration-acceptable type of identification — to get by means of airport safety checkpoints for home air journey starting Might 7, 2025.

Actual ID-compliant licenses are marked by a star on the highest of the cardboard.