Reminder that the Real ID deadline has been pushed back a year


TENNESSEE (WDEF) – Before the pandemic hit, the deadline for moving to a Real ID in the U.S. was October First.

Local officials are reminding us that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has pushed that back a year.

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So on October 1, 2021, U.S. residents will not be allowed to fly domestically without it, unless they had another accepted form of identification, such as a passport.

Officials say this was done because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I think last week we did about 80 real ids at our courthouse office. That is the only place we are able to do that. Of course you can go to the driver test centers out on Bonny Oaks drive or in Red Bank on Dayton Boulevard,” says County Clerk Bill Knowles. 

To receive your Real ID, you’ll need to present three types of documents: proof of citizenship or legal presence, proof of Social Security number, and proof of Tennessee residence.

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Joeli Poole joined the WDEF News 12 Team in April 2019 as a Reporter and Producer. You can find her reporting during the week and when not on camera; she's producing the 6 and 11 shows. Joeli grew up with a love for reporting, starting in middle school. She has been the anchor for her middle and high school TV stations, along with the Sports Anchor for her College TV Station. Joeli grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and moved to Tennessee when she 10 years old. She went to Cleveland Middle school and Walker Valley High School. She graduated in May of 2019 from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a bachelor's degree in Communications. Being from the area, Joeli loves being able to help tell the stories of her community. In her spare time, Joeli enjoys watching her LSU Tigers, hiking, and playing with her dog. Feel free to email any story ideas at