Residents of Maryland have an additional 24 months to obtain their REAL IDs, a document that will be necessary to board domestic flights and enter certain federal buildings, after the Department of Homeland Security on Monday extended the enforcement deadline to May 7, 2025.

Officials said the extension is needed, in part, because of lingering problems from COVID-19 that caused backlogs in state agencies charged with issuing driver’s licenses.

Precautions in many states included automatically extending expiration dates of driver’s licenses and identification cards, and shifting to appointment-only schedules.

In Maryland, 88 percent of licensed drivers and identification card holders — about 4.3 million residents — are REAL ID compliant, well above the national average of 51 percent recently released by the Department of Homeland Security. There are over 500,000 Marylanders who are not yet REAL ID compliant, Ashley Millner, acting director of media relations with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, told Patch in October.... Read More: Pikesville Patch