NEW YORK— The Department of Homeland Security announced on Thursday that the date of the implementation of the new REAL ID will be postponed for one year. The original deadline of October 1, 2020 for all New York drivers' licenses, permits and state identification cards to be REAL ID compliant is being pushed back an entire year to October 2021.
Acting Secretary Chad Wolf made the following statement:
“The federal, state and local response to the spread of the coronavirus here in the United States necessitates a delay in this deadline. 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. States across the country are temporarily closing or restricting access to DMVs. This action will preclude millions of people from applying for and receiving their REAL ID. 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."