Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, President Trump announced a one year delay for the REAL ID drivers license requirement.
The REAL ID, or Federal ID, is going to be required for anyone traveling on an airplane in the United States. The law was set to take effect on October 1, 2020, but is now being pushed back until October 1, 2021.
“States across the country are temporarily closing or restricting access to DMVs,” said Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf. “Extending the deadline will also allow the Department to work with Congress to implement needed changes to expedite the issuance of REAL IDs.”
Congress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005. The law established minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards.
In West Virginia, if your drivers license has a gold star in the upper right hand corner, it is a REAL-ID. For more information about REAL-IDs, or how you get one please click the links below:
FAQs about REAL-IDs: https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-frequently-asked-questions