The U.S. Department of Homeland Security extended the deadline for Real ID a year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The new deadline is Oct. 1, 2021, said Chad Wolf, DHS acting secretary.
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“The federal, state and local response to the spread of the coronavirus here in the United States necessitates a delay in this deadline,” Wolf said. “Our state and local partners are working tirelessly with the Administration to flatten the curve and, therefore, we want to remove any impediments to response and recovery efforts.”
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Multiple states — including Ohio — temporarily closed or restricted Bureau of Motor Vehicles registrar, millions of people.
On March 18, Gov. Mike DeWine ordered the closure of more than 180 BMV offices in Ohio. There are five BMV registrars open and five locations open for license exams.
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“Extending the deadline will also allow the Department to work with Congress to implement needed changes to expedite the issuance of Real IDs once the current health crisis concludes,” Wolf said. “Protecting both the health and national security of the American people continues to be the top priority for the President of the United States and the Department of Homeland Security.”