ID Changes and Extensions due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Updated: Oct 8

April 24, 2020


Driver's License or State-Issued ID


If your driver's license or state-issued ID expired on or after March 1, 2020, you may still use it as acceptable identification at the checkpoint. TSA will accept expired driver’s licenses or state-issued ID a year after expiration or 60 days after the duration of the emergency, whichever is longer. More


REAL ID


Due to circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the national emergency declaration, the Department of Homeland Security is extending the REAL ID enforcement deadline by a year. The new deadline for REAL ID enforcement is October 1, 2021. More


U.S. Passports


As of October 1, you can now apply for routine service and expect to receive a passport in 10-12 weeks. You also have the option of paying an additional $60 for expedited service to receive your passport in 4-6 weeks. These processing times apply to applications submitted by mail and in-person at an acceptance facility in your community. Most acceptance facilities such as post offices, clerks of court and libraries are open and accepting passport applications. However, it is encouraged to apply by mail when possible. All U.S. passport agencies and centers are processing passport applications. However, in-person appointments at U.S. passport agencies and centers are limited to customers who are traveling internationally in the next 72 hours due to a life-or-death emergency.


You may also be eligible to renew your U.S. passport by mail. If you are eligible to renew, you can complete the process by yourself and should not go to an acceptance facility. Follow the instructions on Form DS-82 and send your application and supporting documents to one of the addresses marked for routine service. You may send your application and fees to the expedited service address for a return time of 4-6 weeks. Expect 10-12 weeks door-to-door for routine service. More


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