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REAL ID travel deadline delayed due to coronavirus, Trump says

By October 2020, it will be a requirement to have a REAL ID to access all federal facilities and airports. (US Marines/Released)

President Donald Trump announced Monday that the deadline for obtaining a REAL ID for travel requirements is being delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The federal government was scheduled to begin requiring a REAL ID, enhanced driver’s license or similar valid identification cards in order to board any domestic flight starting Oct. 1, 2020. Trump said Monday that the deadline will be moved back to avoid crowding at DMV offices.

“We are postponing the deadline for compliance with Real ID requirement at a time when we are asking Americans to maintain social distancing,” Trump said during a White House briefing on the COVID-19 crisis.

Trump said a new deadline would be announced at a later date.

In New York, Department of Motor Vehicle locations went to appointment-only last week to help limit crowds. Appointments can be made online. Some DMV offices have adjusted hours of availability or closed entirely.

The REAL ID, or Real ID, was created in 2005 to increase federal security measures after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The REAL ID, which also serves as standard driver’s licenses and identification cards, will be required for any adults 18 or older flying within the United States or to enter federal buildings and military bases.

New York has three types of identification: A standard driver’s license, an Enhanced ID, and REAL ID. Both an Enhanced ID and a REAL ID will allow you to fly anywhere in the U.S., while a standard driver’s license will not.

The REAL ID and Enhanced ID will also allow New York state residents to enter federal buildings, and Enhanced IDs will allow you to travel to Canada, Mexico and some Caribbean countries without a passport — but not by plane. Passports are still required for all international flights.

There is no additional cost for a REAL ID, but you must go to a DMV office to get one in person. You cannot get a REAL ID online or by phone or mail.


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