(CNN) — The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) once more delayed the deadline for enforcement of REAL ID necessities, the newest pandemic-related extension for this system geared toward establishing a constant safety normal for issuing driver’s licenses and different identification.
DHS introduced Tuesday it’s extending the REAL ID full enforcement date by 19 months, from October 1, 2021, to May 3, 2023.
The division attributed the newest delay to restricted working capability at state driver’s licensing businesses, which has delayed renewals of expiring licenses.
All 50 US states, Washington, DC, and several other US territories are compliant with REAL ID safety requirements, however solely 43% of US IDs are presently compliant, as a results of pandemic-era limitations, DHS stated.
However, that is up from about 35% round a 12 months in the past.
DHS additionally stated it wants time, together with numerous states, to implement necessities mandated by the REAL ID Modernization Act, similar to these associated to digital doc submission.
In March 2020, DHS rolled again the deadline for the federally mandated identification program a 12 months from October 1, 2020, till October 1, 2021. Now it is being pushed again once more.
Even earlier than the pandemic, it appeared unlikely that each one states would meet the earlier deadline, with former performing DHS Secretary Chad Wolf admitting to lawmakers that there was a “small” prospect of all states having the ability to situation their constituents a REAL ID by October 2020.
DHS Secretary Alejando Mayorkas stated in a assertion Tuesday that extending the REAL ID full enforcement deadline “will give states needed time to reopen their driver’s licensing operations and ensure their residents can obtain a REAL ID-compliant license or identification card.”
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