PITTSBURGH — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday that the new deadline for Americans to get a REAL ID will be Oct. 1, 2021.
The date was announced after President Donald Trump said earlier this week that the deadline, which was Oct. 1, 2020, would be extended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The federal, state and local response to the spread of the coronavirus here in the United States necessitates a delay in this deadline," acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said Thursday in a statement.
“States across the country are temporarily closing or restricting access to DMVs. This action will preclude millions of people from applying for and receiving their REAL ID. Extending the deadline will also allow the Department to work with Congress to implement needed changes to expedite the issuance of REAL IDs once the current health crisis concludes.”
Earlier this month, the Allegheny County Airport Authority raised concerns that not enough people had signed up for REAL ID.
“From our standpoint, the numbers are not keeping up with the flying passengers in Pennsylvania,” Vince Gastgeb, vice president for government and corporate affairs, told TribLIVE.
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