Deadline for Real ID-Compliant Driver’s Licenses at Nation’s Airports Postponed

By Kurt Stolz on 24 March 2020
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Security checkpoint at JFK’s Terminal 7

The coronavirus outbreak will result in the postponement the requirement for travelers to present Real ID-compliant driver’s licenses at the nation’s security checkpoints starting in October.

Real ID establishes minimum standards and security enhancements for state-issued driver’s licenses.

“We’re postponing the deadline for compliance with Real ID requirements,” said President Donald Trump said a White House news briefing on Monday.

The rational for the postponement was that the need for social distancing was incompatible with thousands of people lined up to get Real ID-compliant licenses around the country in time to meet the deadline

Driver’s licenses that are Real ID compliant sport a five-point star in the top right corner. Getting one requires a trip to the local department of motor vehicles or other agency that issues licenses in your state with documentation that includes proof of identity such as a current license, birth certificate, or passport; proof of date of birth; proof of U.S. citizenship; and two proofs of residence such as utility bills or bank statements.

The rationale for Real ID came from the fact that some of the terrorists who hijacked the four planes on September 11 used fraudulently obtained driver’s licenses to traverse airport security checkpoints, but the plan raised concerns for privacy as well as the cost of implementation.  As a result, the deadline for enforcement was pushed back repeatedly from 2008 to 2009 to 2011 to 2013 and finally to October 2020.

 (Photo: Accura Media Group)

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