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Maryland Transportation Officials Mark the One-Year Countdown to Federal REAL ID Deadline

WHAT:Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Secretary James F. Ports will join MDOT MVA Administrator Chrissy Nizer and BWI Marshall Airport Executive Director Ricky Smith to announce the latest REAL ID compliance numbers for Maryland and new services available to residents; and to begin the one-year countdown to the federal REAL ID deadline. As of May 3, 2023, all Marylanders 18 years of age and older must have documents on file and a REAL ID compliant driver’s license or identification card to board an airplane or enter a federal facility.  

WHEN:         Wednesday, May 4, 20223:30 p.m.

WHO:James F. Ports, Secretary, MDOTChristine Nizer, Administrator, MDOT MVARicky Smith, Executive Director, BWI Marshall Airport

WHERE:       Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall AirportInternational Art Gallery near checkpoint D/E7050 Friendship RoadBaltimore, MD 21240

WHY:            REAL ID was passed by Congress after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the original deadline of October 1, 2020, was extended, allowing states more time to assist residents come into compliance. Since then, many updates have gone into effect and the MDOT MVA has implemented new services to help Marylanders obtain their REAL ID. In August 2019, MDOT MVA became the first state in nation to get recertified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, giving its stamp of approval for Maryland’s compliance with federal REAL ID requirements.