REAL ID

Since its passage, Governors have supported the intent and purpose behind the REAL ID Act to increase security and standardize the issuance of state driver’s licenses and identification cards. States and territories have and continue to invest their resources to raise public awareness, provide timely REAL ID services, and adopt best practices to achieve feasible REAL ID benchmarks.

In response to the prolonged impact of COVID-19, DHS has announced an extension of the REAL ID full enforcement date to May 3, 2023, in order to ensure that all Americans have a chance to acquire a REAL ID.

This extension is welcome and we encourage everyone to get their REAL ID when the opportunity arises, such as when renewing your driver’s license, and not wait until the deadline.

Listen to NGA’s discussion with Federal Drive with Tom Temin regarding States, Territories, and REAL ID. Transcript available here.


NGA Actions on REAL ID

Governors Welcome Delay of REAL ID Enforcement Deadline

Today’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to extend the REAL ID full enforcement deadline from Oct. 1, 2021 to May 3, 2023 is welcome news to the ...
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State Organizations Hail Senate Committee Action on Real ID Modernization Act

The National Governors Association, the National Conference of State Legislatures and the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators commend the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee’s action on the ...
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NGA REAL ID Letter to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation

The nation’s governors want to work with Congress and DHS to enhance the REAL ID Act and we look forward finding workable, cost-effective solutions that can increase the security and ...
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State/Territory REAL ID Resources

Department of Homeland Security REAL ID Page