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Questions about REAL ID? Come to an Information Session Feb. 25 in St. Cloud

Local DVS exam staff and deputy registrars will be ready to answer REAL ID questions, and help people pre-apply and get their required documents in order at a REAL ID Information Session Tuesday, Feb. 25, in St. Cloud.

Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, Minnesotans will not be able to use their standard driver's license or ID card to board domestic flights or enter federal facilities. Instead, they will need a REAL ID, enhanced driver's license or ID card, passport or passport card or another acceptable form of identification for federal purposes.

Event Information:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Great River Regional Library - St. Cloud
    • 1300 W St. Germain St., St. Cloud, MN 56301
  • Come anytime during the session to speak with DVS staff and deputy registrars about REAL ID requirements. A representative from the Stearns County Passport Office will also be there to answer passport-related questions.

Click here if you are interested in attending!




Only One of the Two REAL ID Required Residency Documents can be a Financial Document

Minnesota REAL ID driver's licensesThe REAL ID Required Documents list previously indicated that an applicant was able to use two financial documents - such as a bank statement, canceled check, or credit card statement – for both proof of residency documents.

DVS reviewed the Federal Real ID documentation requirements and determined that only one financial document may be used for proof of residency. The second document must be another acceptable document from the REAL ID list. The Required Documents list has been updated on the website.

Applications that were submitted prior to Jan. 28, 2020, that included two financial documents for proof of residency will be processed. Affected customers do not need to take any action.



Rock County Tops the List of REAL ID-Compliant Card Holders at Nearly 22 Percent

Nearly 22 percent of Rock County driver's license and ID card holders are REAL ID ready. That percentage​ puts the county at the top of the REAL ID ready leaderboard. 

Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, Minnesotans will not be able to use their standard driver's license or ID card to board domestic flights or enter federal facilities. Instead, they will need a REAL ID, enhanced driver's license or ID card, passport or passport card or another acceptable form of identification for federal purposes. 

The top five REAL ID ready counties:

  • Rock County - 21.80 percent
  • Houston County - 17.31 percent
  • Lyon County - 16.26 percent
  • Carver County - 16.03 percent
  • Cottonwood County - 15.97 percent



Are You REAL ID Ready? DPS Creates New Video to Make Sure You’re Prepared for Oct. 1, 2020

DPS created a new REAL ID video to help Minnesotans understand exactly what they need to do to make sure they’re REAL ID ready by Oct. 1, 2020. The video walks through:

  • The federal REAL ID Act requirements.

  • When you’ll need a REAL ID-compliant card.

  • What documents you’ll need to apply for a REAL ID.

 


U.S. Department of Homeland Security Reminder: REAL ID and Passports are not Your Only Options Come Oct. 1, 2020

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is reminding everyone that there are options for federally-approved forms of identification in addition to a REAL ID. Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, a REAL ID-compliant license or ID, enhanced driver's license or ID, or another acceptable form of identification will be required to fly domestically and enter federal facilities.

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration accepts several other forms of identify documents. They are listed online here​, but include:
  • U.S. Department of defense ID, including IDs issued to dependents
  • Permanent resident card
  • Border crossing card
  • Federally recognized, tribal-issued photo ID
 The federal REAL ID Act does not require individuals to present identification where it is not currently required to access a federal facility, such as to enter public areas of the Smithsonian.

 


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.



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. An infographic showing common examples of REAL ID required documents is available here.​ 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.

 


 

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 Jan. 2, 2020, approximately 10.72 percent of Minnesota driver's license and identification card holders are currently REAL ID ready. That's up from:
  • 9.72 percent on Nov. 27.
  • 8.91 percent on Nov. 1
  • 7.8 percent on Sept. 27.