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Deadline for Real ID with gold star delayed until 2021 due to coronavirus

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The Department of Homeland Security, as the direction of President Donald Trump, will be extending the Real ID enforcement deadline to October 21, 2021. (Photo: Utah DPS)

Americans now have more time to get a new government-issued identification card featuring a gold star.

The Department of Homeland Security, at the direction of President Donald Trump, will be extending the Real ID enforcement deadline to October 21, 2021.

According to a statement released Thursday, the delay is due to the coronavirus pandemic and the national emergency declaration. States across the nation are also temporarily closing or restricting access to DMVs, which could prevent millions of Americans from applying for and receiving their Real ID.

"Our state and local partners are working tirelessly with the Administration to flatten the curve and, therefore, we want to remove any impediments to response and recovery efforts," the statement reads. “Protecting both the health and national security of the American people continues to be the top priority for the president of the United States and the Department of Homeland Security.”

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DHS will publish a notice of the new deadline in the Federal Register within the next couple of days.

If you don't get a Real compliant ID card by October 21, 2021, you won't be able to board an airplane, enter a federal building or go on a military base.

Congress passed the Real ID Act in 2005, which which established minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards. The act also prohibits federal agencies from accepting licenses and ID cards from states that don't meet the standards, according to the Utah Department of Public Safety.

Utah has been issuing Read ID compliant ID cards since Jan. 1, 2010.