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President Trump announces extension of Real ID deadline

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Posted at 8:33 AM, Mar 24, 2020

(NBC) — Travelers who don't have driver's licenses or state-issued identification that comply with the new Real ID have been given a reprieve.

On Monday, President Trump said he was postponing the October deadline due to the coronavirus outbreak. The president said he was concerned about crowding at state motor-vehicle offices.

The change is intended to foster social distancing to help stop the spread of the coronavorius.

Without the change, many would not be allowed to board flights in the U.S. without one of the Real ID cards. Trump said the new deadline will be announced soon.

The delay is welcome news to some states who hoped for more time because of the huge number of travelers trying to get into DMVs before the deadline.