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Still don't have a 'Real ID?' Officials are extending the deadline once again

For anyone who still hasn't gotten around to getting a Real ID, you're in luck.

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For anyone who still hasn't gotten around to getting a Real ID, you're in luck.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Tuesday that the Oct. 1 deadline will be pushed back 19 months to May 3, 2023, due to COVID-19. By that date, every air traveler 18 and older will need a Real ID-compliant driver's license or identification card, state-issued enhanced driver's license, or another TSA-acceptable form of identification to make it through airport security. This change will impact travelers flying domestically. If by 2023 you still do not have a Real ID, a valid U.S. passport can also be used for domestic flights.

DHS says the pandemic has impacted states' ability to issue Real ID-compliant driver's licenses and ID cards.

"Protecting the health, safety, and security of our communities is our top priority,” Mayorkas said in a statement. "As our country continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, extending the Real ID full enforcement deadline will give states needed time to reopen their driver’s licensing operations and ensure their residents can obtain a Real ID-compliant license or identification card."

This is the second COVID-related delay of the full enforcement of Real IDs. The Trump moved the original October 2020 deadline last year.