Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security has been notified that the federal implementation date of REAL ID has been extended by an additional 19 months, from October 1, 2021 to May 3, 2023.

Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) Alejandro N. Mayorkas made the announcement Tuesday, April 27 due to circumstances resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on the extension visit https://www.dhs.gov/real-id/news/2021/04/27/dhs-announces-extension-real-id-full-enforcement-deadline.

Beginning May 3, 2023, anyone boarding a U.S. commercial flight, entering a nuclear facility or certain federal buildings must have a REAL ID compliant license or acceptable identification such as a valid United States passport or military ID to gain entry. Tennesseans can find more information about REAL ID at www.tnrealid.gov or www.dhs.gov/real-id.