REAL ID roll-out put on hold over coronavirus concerns
WASHINGTON (AP)- President Donald Trump said the federal government is postponing the deadline for obtaining REAL ID-compliant identification cards because of the coronavirus.
Travelers would have been required to present REAL ID cards to board U.S. flights starting on Oct. 1. The president said a new deadline will be announced soon.
Under the law, Americans are required to visit their state’s Department of Motor Vehicles and obtain a REAL ID-compliant card, or alternative such as a U.S. passport, if they want to fly domestically or access federal facilities.
The nation’s governors have urged the Department of Homeland Security to extend REAL ID deadline for no less than a year.
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