The Trump administration said this week it will push back the Oct. 1 deadline for Americans to have a Real ID to board domestic flights.
At a White House briefing Monday, President Trump said the COVID-19 crisis has forced many states to reduce or completely shut down motor vehicle services as part of their response to the pandemic.
“At a time when we’re asking Americans to maintain social distancing, we do not want to require people to go to their local DMV,” Trump said.
Trump did not give a new deadline for obtaining a Real ID but said an announcement would be made soon.
While about 100 million Americans have been issued a Real ID, two-thirds of Americans holding a driver’s license have yet to obtain the new security-enhanced credential. In February, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it would allow states to accept documents for Real ID applications electronically, increasing the likelihood that millions of Americans can obtain new driver’s licenses and ID cards they will need in order to pass through airport security this fall. But the process still involves an in-person visit to a DMV office.