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REAL ID deadline extended due to COVID-19 pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC—President Donald Trump announced at a press conference on Monday evening that the federal government would be postponing the REAL ID deadline nationwide.

The Department of Homeland Security had initially planned to begin enforcing REAL ID requirements on October 1st, 2020, but the deadline has now been extended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The new deadline has not yet been announced.

The REAL ID Act establishes minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits federal agencies from accepting for certain purposes driver’s licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the Act’s minimum standards.

The purposes covered by the Act are: accessing federal facilities, entering nuclear power plants, and boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft.

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