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TSA: Yes, Minnesota Enhanced Driver's Licenses and ID Cards can be used to fly Domestically After Oct. 1, 2020

The United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is reminding the nation that enhanced driver's licenses and ID cards can be used to fly within the United States once the federal REAL ID enforcement deadline takes effect Oct. 1, 2020.
 
In a recent blog post, the TSA assures that state-issued enhanced driver's licenses and ID cards will be accepted at the security checkpoint come Oct. 1, 2020. Minnesota, Michigan, New York, Vermont and Washington offer EDLs and EIDs. These comply with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative and can be used as U.S. border crossing documents by land or by sea.
 
A Minnesota EDL/EID costs $15 in addition to the standard license or ID card fee. They are only issued to U.S. citizens. Additional information about EDL/EIDs is online.

 

 
 

Be Prepared: Apply for a REAL ID Now

 Minnesotans with standard driver's licenses or identification (ID) cards are strongly encouraged to consider applying for a REAL ID now, so they'll be prepared ahead of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's full REAL ID enforcement date of Oct. 1, 2020.
 
DPS Commissioner John Harrington, the Minnesota TSA federal security director and Metropolitan Airports Commission COO came together Sept. 25, to urge Minnesotans to be REAL ID ready.IMG_9348.JPG
 
Every air traveler 18 years of age or older will need a REAL ID, enhanced driver's license or ID, passport or passport card or another acceptable form of ID to fly within the United States or enter federal facilities beginning Oct. 1, 2020. A standard Minnesota driver's license will not be accepted for federal use as of that date, but it will still be valid for lawful driving privileges.
 

 

 

U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security: REAL ID Enforcement Deadline is Fast Approaching

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is posting signs at airports nationwide reminding everyone the REAL ID enforcement deadline is fast approaching. Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, every air traveler 18 years of age or older will need a REAL ID, enhanced driver's license or ID, passport or another acceptable form of ID to fly within the United States or enter federal facilities.

Minnesota began issuing REAL IDs Oct. 1, 2018. You don't have to wait for your license to expire to apply for one.  

 

 

Updated Minnesota REAL ID Resources Available

Minnesotans with questions about REAL ID and the upcoming enforcement deadline of Oct. 1, 2020, can look to updated resources on the REAL ID Resources Page. The REAL ID fact sheet and brochure serve as a quick guide for the public when deciding if a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or identification card is right for them.

Consider a REAL ID now or when you renew your license or ID card prior to Oct. 1, 2020.

 


 

Pre-Application Feature Makes Office Visits Quicker

Pre-Appy for a driver's license or ID cardA pre-application feature in the new driver's license system allows Minnesotans to enter a significant portion of their driver’s license or ID card application online – including REAL ID applications - reducing the time spent in driver’s license offices.
The new feature, also available on mobile devices, includes the list of required documents for each license type so applicants can have all necessary documents ready when they visit a driver’s license office.


 

 


 

 

 

Important Things to Remember

  • Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, every air traveler 18 years of age or older will need a REAL ID, enhanced driver's license or ID, passport or another acceptable form of ID to fly within the United States or enter federal facilities.
 
  • Minnesotans will be able to use their standard licenses and ID cards for federal purposes, including boarding domestic flights, until October 1, 2020.
 
 

 

 

Minnesota Issuing REAL ID Driver's Licenses and ID Cards as of Oct. 1, 2018

With the launch of a new driver's license system Oct. 1, Minnesotans now have the option to apply for a REAL ID-compliant driver's license or ID card.

Minnesota REAL ID driver's licenses  

 

Remember: A standard license or ID card will be accepted for federal purposes, including boarding domestic flights, until Oct. 1, 2020. Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, every air traveler 18 years of age or older will need a REAL ID, enhanced driver's license or ID, passport or another acceptable form of ID to fly within the United States or enter federal facilities.

To help reduce wait times, please consider the pre-application feature that allows you to enter a significant portion of your driver's license or ID card application online - including REAL ID applications - reducing the time spent in driver's license offices. It's a good way to ensure you have all necessary documents ready when you visit a driver's license office.


 

 

REAL ID Scoreboard

As of Nov. 27, 2019, approximately 9.72 percent of Minnesota driver's license and identification card holders are currently REAL ID ready. That's up from:
  • 8.91 percent on Nov. 1.
  • 7.8 percent on Sept. 27.