President Donald Trump on Monday announced that the October 1st, 2020 deadline to acquire drivers license that are Real ID-compliant will be pushed back due to the ongoing Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
“We’re postponing the deadline for compliance with Real ID requirements. At a time when we’re asking Americans to maintain social distancing, we do want to require people to go with their local DMV. We will be announcing the new deadline very soon,” Trump said during a Coronavirus task force briefing at the White House on Monday evening.
Drivers around the US faced an October 1st deadline to obtain REAL ID compliant drivers licenses and state-issued ID cards. Holders of licenses and IDs that are not compliant would have been barred from using the documents to board domestic commercial flights or enter federal buildings.
The REAL ID requirement that requires individuals to provide more identification documents and proof of legal immigration status as part of obtaining or renewing divers licenses and ID cards was included in the Real ID Act of 2005 in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.