DETROIT – The REAL ID deadline for Michigan and all other states requiring the new form of identification has been extended due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The Department of Homeland Security announced that the deadline will now be Oct. 1, 2021, a year later than the original deadline.
As of last month, only about 35 percent of IDs in the United States complied with the REAL ID Act.
The federal REAL ID Act of 2005 was passed in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and requires higher standards for identification. When the law goes into full effect, a standard Michigan driver’s license or state ID card no longer will be adequate to board an aircraft for a domestic flight or to enter military bases, nuclear power plants or certain other federal facilities.