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What’s the Deal with REAL ID?

Minnesota REAL ID graphicYou’ve heard about REAL ID off and on for a while now. You know you will be able to apply for one starting October 1. But a glance at your license tells you it expires this summer. What should you do? The answer is simple: If you have a driver’s license or ID card that expires before October 1, just renew it as you normally would.

Because Minnesota is on track to issue REAL ID-compliant cards later this year, you should be able to use your standard driver’s license or identification card for domestic air travel or access to federal facilities until 2020.

Find out more in our blog.

Teen Driving Practice: It’s Not Just for Summer Anymore!

A teen behind the wheel of a carNow that school is out and your family’s schedule is (hopefully) a little less crazy, it’s a great time to take the car out with your teen for some driving practice. After all, the weather is warm, there’s a lot more daylight, and the roads are dry: perfect conditions under which to learn to drive, right? Right…but there’s more to it than that. Your teen needs practice driving on icy pavement in the dark, or on dirt roads at dusk. Which means summer is a great time for driving practice, but it needs to continue all year round.

Check out our blog for tips on preparing your teen to be a safe driver.

What Happens After Evidence Intake

A handgun in an evidence bag
If you’re like most of us, you learned everything you know about evidence from cop shows. The real thing is not as simple and may or may not be missing the surly but lovable evidence locker guard with the heart of gold.

To find out what happens to evidence after intake, our recent blog follows a gun from the crime scene, through BCA evidence testing, to the court case.

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