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