Real ID Deadline Extended to May 3, 2023

Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 5:00am

The Department of Homeland Security has extended the REAL ID deadline and will not begin to enforce the use of REAL ID until May 3, 2023. 

Starting May 3, 2023, you must have a REAL ID compliant driver license/ID to fly within the U.S., unless you use a U.S. passport or another federally approved form of identification. As of that date, driver’s licenses that are not REAL ID compliant will no longer be accepted for domestic flights at any U.S. airport. (A valid passport will remain necessary for international travel.) There are several alternate identification that will be accepted for domestic travel including:

  • U.S. passport or passport card
  • U.S. military ID
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
  • Enhanced driver’s licenses (offered in MI, MN, NY, VT, and WA. Generally marked with the U.S. flag.)


For more information on REAL ID requirements, please visit the following resources.

REAL ID Programs By State:


New Jersey



Department of Homeland Security: REAL ID

Transportation Security Administration: Flying with a REAL ID