Update on Minnesota Real ID Compliance
Concerns have been raised in local news reports about the October 10, 2017, expiration date of Minnesota’s current extension for the federal REAL ID Act, which sets standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards acceptable by federal agencies for official purposes, including commercial air travel. Minnesota recently passed a law allowing it to comply with Real ID, and indicates that it will make the necessary changes to state driver’s licenses by October 2018.
While this situation may seem alarming, it is important to note that 25 states currently have limited-term extensions, all of which have an expiration date of October 10, 2017. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has indicated that they will review all of the current extensions and that further extensions will continue to be granted on an ongoing basis as is appropriate.
Based on current understanding of the political landscape and the extension process, it is believed there is no cause for concern, and that Minnesota will be able to renew its extension to allow it time to come into compliance with the federally-mandated requirements. To give a sense of the broad support for keeping travel disruptions to a minimum, the entire Minnesota Congressional delegation sent a bi-partisan letter to DHS voicing their support for granting Minnesota a further extension.