Niagara County Clerks Says Federal Government Changes its Mind, Delays Enforcement of REAL ID Requirements for 2 More Years

Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski today said the federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is delaying enforcement of REAL ID requirements by 24 months, from May 3, 2023 to May 7, 2025.  At that time, you will need a REAL ID to board any domestic flights, enter a military base and access certain federal facilities.           

“We were not expecting DHS to further extend the deadline, but apparently they remain concerned about backlogs in processing driver’s licenses across the country due to the pandemic, though here in Niagara County we do not have any such backlog,” said Jastrzemski.  “Therefore, any type of New York drivers’ license will allow you to continue to board a flight until May of 2025.”

Jastrzemski said that as people should be mindful of the new deadline, especially if their driver’s license is set to expire at some point in the next two years.  New Yorkers can choose between a REAL ID license, Enhanced Driver’s license and a passport to meet the federal requirements.  Residents do still need a passport to fly to other countries.

Jastrzemski said residents can visit to learn more about the different ID options.  Those interested in a passport can obtain one through the Niagara County Clerk’s Office. Learn more about passport requirements at

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