Real Airport Security Delayed Until 2025

REAL ID Act in 2005 delayed two years
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced its intent to extend the REAL ID full enforcement date by 24 months until May 7, 2025.

Under the new regulations published to execute this change on December 5, 2022, U.S. states will now have additional time to ensure their residents have driver's licenses and identification cards that meet the security standards established by the REAL ID Act.

All 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and four of five U.S. territories covered by the REAL ID Act and related regulations are currently issuing REAL ID-compliant driver's licenses and identification cards.

As required by the law, following the enforcement deadline, federal agencies, including the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), will be prohibited from accepting driver's licenses and identification cards that do not meet these federal standards.

Since the enactment of the REAL ID Act in 2005, technology advancements have enabled TSA to make significant improvements in checkpoint screening, particularly in the areas of identity management, on-person screening, accessible property screening, and alarm resolution.

Through the deployment of technologies such as Advanced Imaging Technology, Advanced Technology X-ray, then Computed Tomography, Bottled Liquids Scanners, and Credential Authentication Technology,

As well as the deployment of Passenger Screening Canines and the rollout of TSA PreCheck®, TSA has continually advanced its security capabilities.

REAL ID requirements will strengthen these improvements further by providing an additional layer of confidence in the traveler's identity. 

"DHS continues to work closely with U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories to meet REAL ID requirements," said Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas in a related press release on December 5, 2022.

"This extension will give states needed time to ensure their residents can obtain a REAL ID-compliant license or identification card."

"DHS will also use this time to implement innovations to make the process more efficient and accessible."

"We will continue to ensure that the American public can travel safely." 

Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act establishes minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards.

Under the new regulations, beginning May 7, 2025, every traveler 18 years of age or older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver's license or identification card, state-issued enhanced driver's license, or another TSA-acceptable form of identification at airport security checkpoints for domestic air travel. 

These standards have significantly improved the reliability and accuracy of state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards. 

Additional travel certificates, passports, and visa information are posted at Vax-Before-Travel.

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Donald Hackett