REAL ID deadline pushed back at least a year due to coronavirus

The deadline to obtain a REAL ID, has been extended at least a year past the current date.

With the coronavirus and challenges with many DMV's not being open, the current REAL ID deadline has been extended until Oct. 1, 2021

In a statement, Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said-

"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."

It was already unlikely, before the coronavirus, that all states would be ready. As of last month, only 35% of U.S. REAL IDs were issued.

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