REAL ID deadline moved back to Oct. of 2021 because of outbreak

(Source: Wisconsin Department of Transportation Facebook page)
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV)-- The federal government is extending the deadline for REAL IDs until Oct. 1, 2021, citing the coronavirus.

Acting Secretary Chad Wolf said in a statement last Thursday that "I have determined that states require a twelve-month delay and that the new deadline for REAL ID enforcement is Oct. 1, 2021."

Come the start of October, Americans will need to have a REAL ID driver's license to board commercial flights, access military bases and federal facilities, among several other activities.

A REAL ID license can be identified by a black dot in the top right-hand corner, with a white star in the middle of the dot. [See the above photo for an example]

In Wisconsin, DMV in-person visits remain appointment-only for the essential services of issuing REAL ID driver license and ID cards.

Learn more on the Wisconsin DMV's website.