The Department of Homeland Security has extended the deadline for REAL ID to 2025.

The Department of Homeland Security announced Monday that the deadline for air travelers to have a REAL ID has been extended by two years.

The program, which was supposed to begin in May 2023, will now not begin until May 7, 2025.

This is the third extension of the deadline.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the REAL ID deadline was first pushed back a year, from October 1, 2020, to October 1, 2021. It was then extended for an additional 19 months, from October 1, 2021, to May 3, 2023.

Any passenger over the age of 18 will be required to have a REAL ID-issued driver’s license or another federally approved identification card if flying domestically.

“DHS continues to work closely with U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories to meet REAL ID requirements,” said DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in response to the latest delay. “This extension provides states with the time they need to ensure that their residents can obtain a REAL ID-compliant license or identification card. During this time, DHS will also implement innovations to make the process more efficient and accessible. We will continue to make sure that Americans can travel safely.”

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