Real ID deadline pushed back again

Kentuckians now have two additional years to upgrade their drivers licenses to be complaint with Real ID.

The Department of Homeland Security said this week the new deadline will be May 7, 2025, giving Americans more time following delays caused by the COVID pandemic. The old deadline was May 3, 2023.

The Real ID will be required by travelers 18 or older to board a plane, enter a federal building or a military base. Passports, military IDs or Global Entry cards also will qualify to pass through airport security.

The Real ID Act was passed following the 9/11 terrorist attacks after several of the hijackers improperly obtained state IDs.

All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and four of five U.S. territories are covered by the REAL ID Act.