With the new REAL ID requirements set to go into effect October 1, 2020, the government decided to extend the enforcement for 1 year due to COVID-19. The current deadline for REAL ID is October 1, 2021, although some groups are already suggesting it may be delayed again. When it does go into effect, individuals will need an updated REAL ID in order to use their state-issued ID to access federal facilities and board commercial airplanes, along with a few other specialized purposes. For more information on how to obtain a REAL ID see our previous post here.
In most cases, a REAL ID is not necessary. If an individual has a passport (US or foreign) they can use their passport instead of a REAL ID. If you have questions or concerns about how your immigration status impacts your ability to obtain a REAL ID, please contact an attorney at Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan. For more information about REAL ID in Illinois, visit: https://realid.ilsos.gov/