The Department of Homeland Security this week announced the rollout of the Real ID driver’s license will be delayed again until May 2023. The deadline had been initially pushed back a year due to the pandemic. The secure IDs will be required for all domestic air travelers age 18 and older and to enter federal buildings.
Federal officials say the deadline was extended because the COVID-19 health crisis is still impacting states’ ability to issue the new licenses and identification cards. Leaders from New Jersey’s motor vehicle department also lobbied for the second extension because they have been plagued with backlogs and staffing issues.