House Dems ask DHS to delay Real ID deadline

Three Democratic chairmen of relevant House committees sent a letter Monday to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) asking for the implementation of the Real ID Act to be delayed, citing the rapid spread of the coronavirus.

The law’s implementation plan stipulates that on Oct. 1, 2020, people will need Real ID-compliant identification in order to board commercial flights, enter federal buildings or gain access to American nuclear plants.

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss), and Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security Chairman Lou Correa (D-Calif.) wrote in their letter that the deadline should be pushed back.