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REAL ID requirement delayed for two more years

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The North Carolina REAL ID driver’s license looks much like a regular license, but it includes a star at the top. Having one is optional, but it’s recommended for those who frequently travel by air or visit federal facilities, including courthouses, military bases, and prisons.

The Department of Homeland Security is delaying the REAL ID requirement for air travel another two years.

The program which was to begin next May but now will not be enforced until May 7, 2025.

DHS said the extension gives states more time to make sure people have driver’s licenses and identification cards that meet the security standards established by the REAL ID Act.

When the act takes effect, federal agencies, including TSA, will not accept driver’s licenses and identification cards that do not meet federal standards.

Officials said the extension is necessary because of the lingering impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.