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Key Dates for Real ID Implementation

Although the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has failed to come up with solutions to many of Real ID's seemingly insurmountable problems, the Department has established some dates that may serve as signposts for when compliance is expected, if not yet hard deadlines. This page will be updated as any of these dates change.

May 8, 2007: Comments due on Department of Homeland Security's proposed regulations.

September 2007: Final Regulations Due. Postponed until October 2007 or later.

October 1, 2007
: States unable to meet the statutory deadline of May 11, 2008 must file a request for an extension along with a plan for implementation. Postponed to February 10, 2008.

May 11, 2008: Statutory compliance deadline.

December 31, 2009: Extension deadline. Implementation must be complete for states to be considered compliant by DHS.

May 10, 2013: Following this date, non-compliant IDs will no longer be accepted for official, federal purposes.

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