Date AnnouncedNov. 7, 2019
DHS issues request for information (RFI) seeking public comment on how new technologies could streamline the process for individuals to submit, receive, and authenticate required documentation and information when applying for a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or identification card. The comment period ends on December 9, 2019.
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Effective Date of ChangeNov. 7, 2019
Subsequent ActionFebruary 19, 2020
Acting DHS Secretary sends letter to states, informing them of increased flexibility relating to electronic submission of documents for REAL ID applications.DHS Announces Streamlining Measures To Help States In Issuing REAL IDs
The REAL ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the Federal Government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver's licenses.” The Act established minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for certain purposes driver’s licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the Act’s minimum standards. The purposes covered by the Act are: accessing Federal facilities, entering nuclear power plants, and, no sooner than 2016, boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft.REAL ID Act of 2005