real id extension

If you were stressing about getting to the DMV to get your Real ID compliant driver’s license, you can breathe a sigh of relief. According to acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, the deadline has been extended to October 1, 2021.

“States across the country are temporarily closing or restricting access to DMVs,” Wolf’s statement said. “This action will preclude millions of people from applying for and receiving their REAL ID. 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.”

On February 24th, the State of Texas unveiled newly designed ID cards that feature various security upgrades. These cards include driver’s licenses, State IDs, and License to Carry cards. The cards feature gold stars, which make them Real ID compliant. According to the original federal mandate, everyone in the US needed a Real ID compliant license with the star by October 1, 2020 to enter federal facilities or to fly (or a passport or military ID).

This extension follows the March 16th update from Texas.gov, stating that the State of Disaster declaration in Texas includes a waiver for vehicle registration.

“By suspending these rules, Texans can avoid unnecessary crowds and in-person contact without fear of being penalized,” Governor Abbott said.

Lynn Miller