REAL ID for Illinois extended to 2020

Springfield, Ill (WAND) – Illinois residents will be able to continue to board passenger airlines using a driver’s license while the state continues its efforts to comply with the REAL ID Act of 2005.

The state was facing an October 10, 2018 deadline to meet the requirements of the act.  It now appears travelers will be able to use their current standard driver’s license, or state issued ID, to get through TSA security screening until October of 2020.

“Just 2 years ago we completely overhauled and upgraded our issuance system of driver’s license,” Illinois Secretary of State Deputy Press Secretary Henry Haupt told WAND News.  “In the spring of next year we will begin issuing REAL ID compliant driver’s license and ID cards to residents who want them.”

Residents who do not wish to have a REAL ID license can continue to obtain a standard driver’s license.  When the REAL ID license is rolled out in 2019 it will cost the same as the standard license.  A REAL ID license or identification card will have a gold star in the upper right-hand corner.