The Senate stimulus invoice additionally requires the deadline be pushed till at the least the tip of September 2021.
Before the coronavirus pandemic swept throughout the US, states have been getting ready to subject residents “REAL ID-compliant” driver’s licenses or identification by the October 1, 2020 deadline.
As of final month, solely about 35% of US IDs complied with the REAL ID Act, a post-9/11 legislation that establishes safety requirements for licenses. Once in impact, vacationers flying commercially within the US might want to have a REAL ID, which is marked by a star on the highest of the cardboard.
Even earlier than the outbreak, it was unlikely that every one states would meet the deadline. Last month, appearing Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf informed lawmakers that the prospect of all states with the ability to subject their constituents a REAL ID by October 2020 was “probably fairly small.”
The Department of Homeland Security, which is accountable for the identification program, is delaying the deadline to permit state and native authorities to give attention to the coronavirus response.
States throughout the nation have quickly closed or restricted entry to DMVs, conserving hundreds of thousands of individuals from making use of for his or her new IDs, in keeping with DHS.
“Extending the deadline will also allow the Department to work with Congress to implement needed changes to expedite the issuance of REAL IDs once the current health crisis concludes,” Wolf mentioned in a press release Thursday.
President Donald Trump mentioned Monday the autumn deadline for states to adjust to REAL ID necessities can be prolonged.
This story has been up to date to replicate the Department of Homeland Security announcement.