10 things to know about REAL ID and the new MSP REAL ID Office

March 5, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz speaks at a news conference at the new REAL ID office at MSP airport as DPS Commissioner John Harrington looks on

The Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) division opened a REAL ID office inside the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport this week. If you’re flying out of Terminal 1, the new office can save you a separate trip to DVS, a deputy registrar, or a driver’s license agent. But before you take off for the airport, here are 10 things you’ll need to know first.

  1. The REAL ID Office is near the entrance to Concourse G, right beside the Prince store.

  2. The office’s hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

  3. The new office accepts REAL ID applications by appointment only. You can make an appointment online at drive.mn.gov.

  4. You must be a current Minnesota resident to use the MSP REAL ID Office.

  5. You’ll need to have your valid Minnesota driver’s license, permit or state ID with you. It can’t be more than one year expired.

  6. You must be a ticketed passenger on a flight leaving from Terminal 1 on the day of your appointment.

  7. You need to complete the online pre-application first and bring all your required documents and a valid credit card.

  8. Starting on Oct. 1, 2020, you’ll need a REAL ID, enhanced driver’s license or ID card, or passport or passport card to board a domestic flight or enter federal facilities.

  9. If you want to have your REAL ID or enhanced driver’s license by Oct. 1, you should apply for it no later than June 15.

  10. You can visit our REAL ID website for more information and the answers to frequently asked questions.