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.

Despite these efforts, and recent support from Congress to amend the REAL ID Act to adapt to new technologies and innovations, the prolonged impact of COVID-19 may require an extension of the current Oct. 1, 2021 implementation deadline in order to ensure that all Americans have a chance to acquire a REAL ID.

But do not count on such an extension, make a plan today.

NGA Actions on REAL ID

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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National Governors Association Advocates Extension of REAL ID Deadline

March 17, 2020 The Honorable Chad WolfActing SecretaryDepartment of Homeland SecurityWashington, D.C. 20528 Dear Acting Secretary Wolf: Governors, states and territories across the country are rapidly mobilizing to respond to ...
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State/Territory REAL ID Resources

Department of Homeland Security REAL ID Page