Residents of the Mitten State will have a little more time to get their Real IDs in order if they haven’t already. The original deadline was extended due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Beginning Oct. 1, 2021, Michiganders will need to present a Real ID-compliant document to fly within the United States. It will also be needed to enter certain federal facilities like military bases or nuclear power plants.
“Given that Real ID will be necessary for domestic flights, the Department of Homeland Security decision to give everyone another year before they enforce the requirement ensures everyone who wishes to become compliant is able to do so,” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.
“We have been preparing for the Real ID regulations to take effect for quite a while, but we are very happy to see that they have moved the deadline to next year,” said Spencer Flynn, marketing manager of the Capital Region Airport Authority. “Due to the COVID-19 situation closing many of the offices needed for passengers to update their ID, it was going to make the transition very difficult. The new regulations further strengthen the safety and security measures for domestic air travel.”
Most residents already have identification that meets the proper security standards of the Real ID Act, including a valid U.S. passport, enhanced driver’s license, federally recognized tribal-issued photo ID or foreign government-issued passport, to name a few.
You can turn a standard license or state ID card into a Real ID at a secretary of state branch office or at michigan.gov/sos.