Travelers who have procrastinated making appointments to obtain driver’s licenses or state identification cards that comply with the federal government’s law are catching a break.
The new deadline will be Oct. 1, 2021, a year from the current deadline.
Chad Wolf, acting secretary of Homeland Security, said in a statement Thursday that many states have closed their motor vehicle license offices due to the , precluding people from applying for licenses that comply with security standards enacted by Congress after 9/11.
Without the change, many would not be allowed to board flights in the U.S. without one of the Real ID cards starting Oct. 1, though Real ID-compliant forms of identification don’t just include driver’s licenses. A passport or a passport card meets the