REAL ID Changes Coming
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety, along with Minnesota IT Services, is launching a new driver’s license system that provides the capability of processing applications for REAL IDs beginning October 1, 2018. The most important thing for you to know is that you have two years to obtain a REAL ID if you choose. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has assured the Department of Public Safety that Minnesotans will be able to use their Minnesota standard driver’s license or ID card for domestic air travel and access to federal facilities until October 1, 2020. The Department of Public Safety will be sending out weekly updates with helpful tips so please check the DPS website for additional updates.
What do I need to do?
When deciding whether and when to get a REAL ID, you should consider your individual needs for driving, travel, or visits to Federal facilities, and other activities that may necessitate a different ID. Listed below are overviews of each type of identification, with links for additional detail on documentation necessary for obtaining each ID.
Resources providing additional information:
Minnesota Standard Driver’s License or ID Card
Now: These can be used as a valid form of identification and for lawful driving privileges. These cards are also an acceptable form of ID for domestic air travel and to access federal facilities. Beginning October 1, 2020: While these cards will continue to be a valid form of identification and driving privileges, they will not be accepted for domestic air travel or access to federal facilities. Another form of identification, such as a valid passport, REAL ID or Enhanced Driver’s License, will be required for air travel or access to federal facilities.
Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) or Enhanced ID Card (EID)
Now and beginning October 1, 2020: In addition to being a valid form of identification and indicating lawful driving privileges, EDLs and EIDs can be used as a border crossing document to re-enter the U.S. by land and sea from Canada, Mexico, and some countries in the Caribbean. They can also be used for domestic air travel and to access federal facilities, and are only issued to U.S. citizens. Learn more on the DPS-DVS website.
REAL ID-Compliant Driver’s License or ID Card
Beginning October 1, 2020: REAL ID-compliant cards will be an accepted form of identification for domestic air travel and to access federal facilities. These cards can be used as a valid form of identification and for lawful driving privileges. These cards cannot be used as border crossing documents. Learn more on the state’s REAL ID website: REALID.dps.mn.gov.