Deadline to Obtain REAL ID Delayed Over Coronavirus Pandemic

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By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The deadline to obtain the enhanced licenses known as the REAL ID, has been pushed back at least a year until at least September 2021.

The delay is intended to encourage social distancing and avoid crowding at motor-vehicle department offices amid the spread of the coronavirus.

The Department of Homeland Security estimates that nearly 100 million Americans have driver's licenses that meet the new standard and are evaluating options regarding the new deadline,  according to a report from CNN.

Travelers previously had until Oct. 1 to obtain the new licenses that would allow travelers to board planes for flights in the U.S. 

"We are postponing the deadline for compliance with Real ID requirement at a time when we are asking Americans to maintain social distancing," President Donald Trump said on Monday.

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