As of this date it will be mandatory to have a Real ID in the United States

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As of May 7, 2025, it will be mandatory to have a Real ID in the United States. From that date, it will be mandatory to show it for domestic travel. The document is issued by each state taking into account multiple security standards.

It is true that the Real ID does not qualify as an identity document, however, the authorities will start asking for it from that date. If you do not carry it, you will not be able to board a local flight. There is still time to obtain it, but it is not advisable to postpone the procedures for the last few weeks.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires federal agencies to verify the identity of persons entering or conducting business in federal buildings. It is imperative that they strictly check for compliance with all established security measures.

Deadline delayed for more than a decade

Indeed, the deadline has been delayed on several occasions. For example, initially the implementation of the Real ID was scheduled for the now distant 2008. For various reasons its implementation was postponed many times.

Then came Covid-19 and stopped what was planned between 2019 and 2021. The new idea was to implement it from May 2 of this year but it will not materialize either. Finally, it was agreed to establish it from May 7, 2025.

The new rule will apply to all passengers over 18 years of age who reside in the United States and intend to fly elsewhere in the country. If you do not have a Real ID as of that date, you will not be able to pass through the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security checkpoint.

DHS authorities recommend that all citizens complete the necessary paperwork at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices. They insist that there is still room to complete the procedures and that there should be no difficulties in implementing the Real ID in 2025.

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