A4A Applauds DHS’ Extension of REAL ID Deadline

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2021 — Airlines for America applauds the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to further extend the REAL ID enforcement deadline in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The deadline, which was extended for one year under the previous Administration, has now been extended by 19 months, from October 1, 2021 until May 3, 2023.

“We appreciate the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) recognition of the impact COVID-19 has had on the states’ abilities to ensure all residents have the opportunity to obtain a REAL ID compliant identification,” said Lauren Beyer, A4A Vice President for Security and Facilitation. “We look forward to continuing to work with DHS over the next 19 months to raise awareness and educate travelers of the new rules.”

Effective May 3, 2023, travelers must have a REAL ID compliant driver’s license or alternate approved identification to pass through TSA checkpoints at airports. Travelers who are unsure about how to obtain a REAL ID, or whether they have a complaint driver’s license, can learn more on TSA’s REAL ID webpage.

“U.S. airlines continue to advise all travelers to plan ahead to ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey,” Beyer added.


Airlines for America (A4A) members are Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Atlas Air, Delta Air Lines, FedEx, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and UPS. Air Canada is an associate member.

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