DHS Extends Real ID Enforcement Deadline to May 3, 2023
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that it is extending the REAL ID full enforcement by 19-months from October 1, 2021, to May 3, 2023, due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. See Department of Homeland Security Press Release here.
Are you REAL ID compliant?
Beginning October 1, 2020, every traveler 18 years of age and older must present a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, or another acceptable form of identification, to fly within the United States.
The REAL ID Act establishes minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for certain purposes driver’s licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the Act’s minimum standards. In addition to boarding federally regulated commercial aircrafts, Real ID-compliant identification documents will be necessary to access certain federal facilities as well as nuclear power plants.
In Florida, REAL ID-compliant licenses are marked by a star on the upper right-hand corner of the card. If your driver’s license or identification card is not marked by a star, you will need to come into a tax collector’s office and bring your certified birth certificate or valid passport, original social security card, and two proofs of your residential address (substitutions are accepted in certain instances).