Department of Homeland Security announces REAL ID extension

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WASHINGTON (WEHT)- Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf announced that the enforcement deadline for REAL ID will be pushed back until October 1, 2021.

Wolf says state and local response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including some states shutting down DMVs, “necessitates” the pushback. Wolf also mentions the additional time will allow the Department of Homeland Security to work with Congress to “implement needed changes to expedite the issuance of REAL IDs.”

The news comes just weeks after a REAL ID office opened in Madisonville, Ky. People will need REAL IDs to board a domestic flight or enter a federal building, nuclear power plant, and military base.

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(This story was originally published on March 26, 2020)

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