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Real ID Deadline Extended

Residents of the Mitten State will have a little more time to get their Real IDs in order. The original deadline was extended due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Beginning Oct. 1, 2021, Michiganders will need to present a Real ID-compliant document to fly within the United States. It will also be needed to enter certain federal facilities like military bases or nuclear power plants.

“Given that Real ID will be necessary for domestic flights, the Department of Homeland Security decision to give everyone another year before they enforce the requirement ensures everyone who wishes to become compliant is able to do so,” said Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.

Most residents already have identification that meets the proper security standards of the Real ID Act, including a valid U.S. passport, enhanced driver’s license, federally recognized tribal-issued photo ID or foreign government-issued passport, to name a few. If you don’t have the proper form of identification, you may not be able to fly.

“Due to COVID-19, the original deadline for our passengers to have obtain a Real ID has been extended by one year,” said Bishop International Airport Director Nino Sapone. “Once systems are back up and running for you to obtain your compliant identification, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible, as you will not be allowed to travel by airplane without it.”

You can turn a standard license or state ID card into a Real ID at a secretary of state branch office or at michigan.gov/sos.

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