Trump extends Real ID deadline to October 2021 amid coronavirus outbreak

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Earlier this week it was announced the president had officially extended the deadline for compliance with the federal Real ID mandate. Now, the new deadline has been set for Oct. 1, 2021, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf announced Thursday.

In a statement Tuesday, Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan lauded President Donald Trump for directing the Department of Homeland Security to make the change. The senator said he'd sent a letter to the president and Wolf on behalf of Alaskans on March 9.

"In the midst of this national health and economic crisis, it is unreasonable to expect Americans and Alaskans, especially those in remote communities, to rush to the DMV to comply with an impending federal ID mandate," Sullivan stated in the release. 

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