The rush isn’t on for Real ID — not today.
The Department of Homeland Security will begin requiring travelers over 18 years of age to have REAL IDs for domestic flights.
Originally, it set a deadline for 2020. Then October of this year.
The new deadline — because of the pandemic — is May 3, 2023.
The novel coronavirus response has limited accessibility to the departments of motor vehicle offices, where the Real ID is acquired.
So, at this point, you might ask “what’s the rush?” And the answer would be “there is none.”
The deadline has been extended a full two years.
And, to be completely truthful, it’s already been 16 years since the Real ID Act became law. It will be 18 years in making Americans get the ID by the time the current deadline comes around. It might be 20 or who knows how long once the deadline stands firm.
The idea of behind the act was to improve security measures following the Sept. 11, 2001 attack by armed terrorists aboard jetliners on the United States.
Apparently, the security isn’t urgent. Which makes one wonder about the urgency in the first place.
Perhaps this was one of these acts that made someone feel like they were doing something in response to an event. But, in reality, the current identification system is more than adequate.
Whatever the case. For those who already got the Real ID, good work. For those who haven’t, there’s still time to get the job done.