DHS Extends Deadline for REAL ID for Travelers

The time to comply has been pushed back two years. 

The Department of Homeland Security announced that it is extending the deadline for traveling passengers to secure their REAL ID to May 7, 2025. The previous date had been May 3, 2023. 

“DHS continues to work closely with U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories to meet REAL ID requirements,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas stated. 

“This extension will give states needed time to ensure their residents can obtain a REAL ID-compliant license or identification card. DHS will also use this time to implement innovations to make the process more efficient and accessible. We will continue to ensure that the American public can travel safely.” 

Congress passed a law in 2015 that established a uniform identification card, setting minimum security standards for the government-issued identification. The law was in response to a commission dealing with the 9/11 terror attacks. It includes a number of anti-fraud and anti-counterfeiting measures. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Mayorkas to seek God’s direction as he heads Homeland Security.
  • For state and local government officials as they implement REAL ID guidelines.
  • For the president and his administration as they evaluate national security threats.

Sources: Newsmax, Axios 


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