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REAL ID Deadline Extended To May 2025

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended the deadline for REAL ID-compliant identification. The new deadline is May 7, 2025. This means that you will not be able to use your current driver’s license or identification card to board flights within the United States or visit secure federal facilities after this date.

REAL ID is a set of security standards established by the federal government to make driver’s licenses and identification cards more secure. These standards include things like requiring a person’s photograph, date of birth, and full legal name to be printed on the ID, as well as requiring proof of identity and residency.

The most recent deadline for REAL ID compliance was May 3, 2023. However, DHS extended the deadline due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic made it difficult for people to obtain the necessary documentation to get a REAL ID-compliant ID.

If you need a REAL ID-compliant ID before the new deadline, you can apply for one at your local DMV. You will need to provide proof of identity, residency and Social Security number. You may also need to provide other documentation, such as a birth certificate or passport.

The cost of a REAL ID-compliant ID varies by state. In Illinois, for example, the fee to get a REAL ID is $30, which is the same as a regular driver’s license or ID.

If you do not have a REAL ID-compliant ID by May 7, 2025, you will still be able to drive in Illinois. However, you will not be able to use your driver’s license to board flights within the United States or visit secure federal facilities.

REAL ID Travel Documents

According to the TSA website, all of these documents are REAL ID travel-compliant:

  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. passport card
  • DHS trusted traveler card (Global Entry, Nexus, Sentri, FAST)
  • U.S. Department of Defense ID, including IDs issued to dependents
  • Permanent resident card
  • Border crossing card
  • State-issued enhanced driver’s license – with the gold star
  • Federally recognized, tribal-issued photo ID
  • HSPD-12 PIV card
  • Foreign government-issued passport
  • Canadian provincial driver’s license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card
  • Transportation worker identification credential
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employment authorization card (I-766)
  • U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential

TSA does not require children under 18 to provide identification when traveling with a companion within the United States.

Are You An Immigrant Who Is Traveling Without Proper Identification?

If so, you need to contact an immigration lawyer immediately. Traveling without proper identification can have serious consequences, including:

  • Being denied entry to the United States
  • Being detained by immigration authorities
  • Being placed in removal proceedings

An experienced immigration lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and options, and can represent you in immigration proceedings. They can also help you obtain the necessary documentation to travel legally.

Don’t wait. Contact an immigration lawyer today.

Contact Mario Godoy and the immigration attorneys at Godoy Law Office at 630-912-0322.

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