What is Real ID?
The Real ID Act of 2005, Pub.L. 109–13, 119 Stat. 302, enacted May 11, 2005, is an act adopted by the congress for setting standards for issuing a driver’s license. The fundamental purpose of a real ID “is to make our identity documents more consistent and secure.” Many Americans present their Real ID as their identification before boarding domestic flights. This strategy was endorsed to wind down the number of licenses given to undocumented immigrants, and therefore, prevent terrorist attacks.
The deadline for obtaining Real ID compliant identification has been extended to October 1 by President Donald Trump. Amidst the spread of the pandemic, obtaining a driver’s license would only aggrandize chaos. “We are postponing the deadline for compliance with Real ID requirement at a time when we are asking Americans to maintain social distancing,” Trump said at Monday’s news briefing. Larry Hogan, Governor of Maryland, wrote a letter to the President calling for a delay of the deadline for issuing credentials. He also stated that the outbreak has already rattled all the efforts the states are putting in to issue the credentials.
“We are pleased that the federal administration has readily agreed to the governors’ request to extend the REAL ID deadline. This will help contribute to our efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, and avoid major confusion for the states,” Hogan said in a statement Monday night. The new real ID’s are supposedly more “security-enhanced”.
Source: USA Today, The Washington Post
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