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DHS issues final rule requiring REAL ID for official federal purposes beginning October 1, 2020

  1. Date Announced

    Oct. 15, 2019

    DHS issues final rule, signed by Acting Secretary McAleenan, clarifying that by October 1, 2020, federal agencies will not accept non-REAL ID compliant driver's licenses and identification cards for official federal purposes. [ID #817]

    See Biden administration action below.

    View Policy Document
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  3. Subsequent Action

    April 27, 2020

    COVID-19: DHS publishes final rule delaying card-based enforcement of the REAL ID Act regulations from 10/1/20 to 10/1/21, and delaying date by which federal agencies may accept certain non-compliant licenses and ID cards to 9/30/21. This action is taken because of the "significant disruption and uncertainty in government operations caused by COVID-19 virus, as well as the need to encourage appropriate social distancing behavior," and was made without prior notice and public comment (citing the APA's good cause exception, 5 U.S.C. 553(b), (d).

    COVID-19: DHS delays REAL ID enforcement
  4. Biden Administration Action

    May 3, 2021

    This Biden administration policy modifies the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.

    On May 3, 2021, DHS issued this interim final rule with request for comments. The rule delays the enforcement of REAL ID Act regulations until May 3, 2023.

    DHS Delays REAL ID Requirement Date
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Rule
Subject Matter: Enforcement
Agencies Affected: DHS

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