By Karin Gaudin | April 1st 2020
REAL ID deadline extended.
The Department of Homeland Security is extending the REAL ID enforcement deadline by a year. The NEW deadline for REAL ID enforcement is October 1, 2021.
On October 1, 2021, everyone 18 years of age and older must have a driver’s license that meets new federal security requirements or other acceptable forms of identification (listed on this TSA site) to board a flight. Known as REAL ID, this new requirement is aimed at improving the safety of air travel and the security of driver’s licenses in all 50 states.
To get a REAL ID driver’s license, you must go to your state motor vehicle agency. Typically, you need to show proof of your social security number, date of birth, and U.S. citizenship, along with two different documents verifying your state of residency. But you should check with your respective driving agency in advance to ensure you take the proper documents with you to acquire the license. It took me several visits to the BMV and Social Security office to finally get mine! I had gotten married just before my renewal was due.
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