REAL ID requirement delayed another two years

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The timeline for obtaining a REAL ID has been delayed. Learn more here.

By Central Oregon Daily News

The Department of Homeland Security announced Monday that it is delaying the enforcement of REAL ID another two years.

The deadline for residents of states, including Oregon, to become REAL ID compliant was May 3, 2023. DHS now says it will be May 7, 2025, to give states and the District of Columbia the extra time they need to make sure residents get REAL ID-compliant drivers licenses or identification cards.

DHS says the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are to blame for the postponement.

“REAL ID progress over the past two years has been significantly hindered by state driver’s licensing agencies having to work through the backlogs created by the pandemic,” DHS said in a statement. “Many of these agencies took various steps in response to the pandemic including automatically extending the expiration dates of driver’s licenses and identification cards and shifting operations to appointment only.”

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