President Donald Trump said on Monday that the deadline for getting a Real ID will be delayed to keep people from crowding around department of motor vehicle offices.
The new deadline has not been announced.
A Real ID is basically a souped-up driver’s license. It looks just like aregular state ID card, but it has a black or gold star on it to indicate that it meets increased standards to prevent forgery.
Transitioning from regular old state ID cards to Real IDs has been in the works since 2005, when Congress passed the Real ID Act to create minimum security standards for state IDs.
The original deadline for converting your driver’s license to a Real ID was supposed to be October 1, 2020. After that date, if you didn’t have a Real ID, you’d need a passport to board a plane, even for a domestic flight—your old state ID wouldn’t be “secure” enough to serve as identification at the airport.
Some states began to transition over to the new IDs in 2018, but many residents of states that started the process later have endured long waits to get theirs.
During this postponement period, you may be able to upload your identity documents online for approval by the DMV prior to your (eventual) in-person appointment. Check with your local DMV to see if this is an option and how doing so may be affected by coronavirus scheduling changes.