Real ID Deadline Extended in Wake of Coronavirus Pandemic

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In 2005 the Real ID was passed as a way to make state IDs more secure. Per the act, all US residents needed to have a Real ID, marked by a star on the front of the card, by October 2020 in order to board commercial flights and visit federal buildings. This October deadline has now been pushed back indefinitely. In a statement made on the 23rd of March, President Trump explained that “at a time when we’re asking Americans to maintain social distancing, we do not want to require people to go to their local DMV.” The new, and extended, deadline will be announced later this week.

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