REAL ID Deadline Extended 2 Years to Spring 2025 – NBC Chicago

The deadline to get a REAL ID was extended yet again on Monday, the Department of Homeland Security announced.

The deadline had previously been set for May 3, 2023 following numerous pandemic-related extensions, but will now be May 7, 2025 under the new guidelines, according to DHS.

“DHS continues to work closely with US states, the District of Columbia and US territories to comply with REAL ID requirements,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas, it’s a statement. “This extension will give states the time they need to ensure that 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 make sure the American public can travel safely.”

According to Illinois Secretary of State Jessie White, “With this extension, current Illinois standard driver’s licenses or identification cards will continue to be accepted at airports for domestic air travel through May 7, 2025.”

However, once the new deadline is reached, anyone over the age of 18 will need to present a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or identification card to fly within the country or visit a federal facility. Designated by a star and surrounding gold circle, REAL IDs are issued in all 50 states.

But officials say not everyone needs a REAL ID. A valid US passport is also a compatible REAL ID document, according to White, and can be used to fly within the country after the cut-off date.

Officials said the extension was necessary “in part, to address the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the ability to obtain a REAL ID driver’s license or identification card.”

“REAL ID progress over the past two years has been significantly hampered by state driver license agencies having to work with delays created by the pandemic,” DHS said in a statement. “Many of these agencies took various actions in response to the pandemic, including automatically extending expiration dates for driver’s licenses and identification cards and changing operations to appointments only.”

White’s office said more than 3 million REAL IDs had been issued in the state as of Dec. 1.

Unlike regular driver’s licenses, REAL IDs currently cannot be applied for online.

To apply for a REAL ID, Illinois residents must visit a Secretary of State Driver Services facility and provide documents proving their identity, their Social Security number, a written signature, and two documents proving their residency.

The following are acceptable documents to prove identity:

  • Birth certificate
  • us passport
  • Foreign passport with US visa affixed with the approved Form I-94 document
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad
  • citizenship certificate
  • naturalization certificate
  • Employment Authorization Document
  • Permanent resident card
  • real identification

To provide proof of their Social Security number, residents can show their Social Security card or a W-2. A pay stub with a Social Security number will also be accepted.

Illinois residents will also need to show at least two proofs of residency. These may include the following: bank statement, canceled check, transcript, credit card statement, mortgage or rental agreement, insurance policy, pay stub, retirement statement, report card, utility bill, and credit card. voter registration.

After providing those documents, residents will receive a temporary paper ID at the facility (although residents are reminded that TSA will NOT accept paper ID) and will receive their new ID in the mail within 15 business days.

As proof of signature, residents may present a credit or debit card, canceled check, valid Illinois driver’s license or ID, court order, foreign passport, Medicare card, or US Military ID. .

For a complete list of acceptable documents, click here.

A REAL ID card costs the same as a driver’s license ($30) or state ID ($20).

Illinois residents can use an interactive checklist to ensure they have the necessary documents to apply.

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