REAL ID deadline extended due to COVID-19 pandemic

The new deadline will be October 1st, 2021

WCCO Radio Newsroom
March 26, 2020 - 10:48 am

The United States Department of Homeland Security announced today that the deadline for REAL ID will be pushed back because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Acting Secretary Chad Wolf offered this statement on the extension:

“Due to circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the national emergency declaration, the Department of Homeland Security, as directed by President Donald J. Trump, is extending the REAL ID enforcement deadline beyond the current October 1, 2020 deadline. I have determined that states require a twelve-month delay and that the new deadline for REAL ID enforcement is October 1, 2021. DHS will publish a notice of the new deadline in the Federal Register in the coming days."

Wolf continued:

“The federal, state and local response to the spread of the Coronavirus here in the United States necessitates a delay in this deadline. Our state and local partners are working tirelessly with the Administration to flatten the curve and, therefore, we want to remove any impediments to response and recovery efforts. States across the country are temporarily closing or restricting access to DMVs. This action will preclude millions of people from applying for and receiving their REAL ID. Extending the deadline will also allow the Department to work with Congress to implement needed changes to expedite the issuance of REAL IDs once the current health crisis concludes.

The state of Minnesota had been pushing residents to get their REAL ID before the 2020 deadline recently saying that about 10% of residents had gotten their new ID. 

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