ID Changes and Extensions due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Updated: Jul 1

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, and you are unable to renew at your state driver’s license agency, 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. 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


Because of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, effective March 20, there is extremely limited U.S. passport operations. Unless you have a life-or-death emergency, please consider waiting to apply or renew your passport until they resume normal operations. Passport operations will gradually reopen in three phases this summer as part of the U.S. Department of State's Diplomacy Strong plan, which follows guidelines from the CDC. Each passport agency and center will open on a different date based on local conditions. While you can still apply in person for a U.S. passport at some acceptance facilities and renew through the mail, they will not be able to meet their commitment of 6-8 weeks door-to-door for routine service. You should expect significant delays to receive your passport and the return of your citizenship evidence documents.


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. Do not send the application to the expedited service address as service has been temporarily suspended. They will not be able to meet their commitment of 6-8 weeks door-to-door for routine service. You will experience delays to receive your passport. More


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