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REAL ID Enforcement Delayed

Date: May 4, 2021

The Department of Homeland Security announced this week for U.S. citizens, that it is extending the REAL ID full enforcement date by 19 months, from Oct. 1, 2021, to May 3, 2023, due to circumstances resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


A Real ID will be paramount for boarding any passenger aircraft or having access to a Federal facility when May 3, 2023 rolls around. 

Without it, passengers will need to show two forms of ID, such as a standard driver's license that is not a Real ID, plus a US passport.  A Real ID also requires far more documentation than the typical ID renewal. If you are not sure whether you already have a Real ID form of identification, look for a white star in a yellow circle the upper right-hand corner of the ID.

Congress passed the Real ID Act in 2005 to establish minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards following a recommendation from the 9/11 Commission.

Older IDs will continue to be suitable to allow people to drive, buy liquor or other age-regulated products, and gamble at casinos.

Also, travelers can use military IDs or passports to access flights and federal facilities. One thing that is important to note, is that once the REAL ID enforcement begins, if you use your driver’s license to access KCM, you will be required to have a REAL ID driver’s license or use an alternate form of allowable identification when passing through that checkpoint.

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