Department of Homeland Security changed the deadline for REAL ID? Now it is May 7, 2025.

On May 7, 2025, REAL ID to get past airport security is changed again.

Real ID driver's license vs. Standard Issue driver's license for Pennsylvania, courtesy of the Commonwealth of PennsylvaniaWe were headed into the final winter before Real ID goes into effect. Domestic air travel has significantly recovered from pandemic lows. That’s put pressure on airlines. In recent months, the airlines have too often been buried by over-scheduling, staff shortages, and weather problems causing many daily cancellations. For example, data from Flight Aware shows more than 750 flights canceled in the US between November 20 and 26. But …


Adult Americans will need a Real ID identification to fly within the US starting on May 7, 2025. Homeland Security changed the date again.

As we published this post, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) changed the date, yet again. This time the delay is for another two years.

The new REAL ID deadline has been moved to May 7, 2025.