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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​REAL ID Federal Enforcement Deadline Extended to May 3, 2023

​The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is extending the REAL ID full enforcement deadline to May 3, 2023​. The deadline was previously set for later this year. 

"Protecting the health, safety, and security of ou​r communities is our top priority," said DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. "As our country continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, extending the REAL ID full enforcement deadline will give states needed time to reopen their driver's licensing operations and ensure their residents can obtain a REAL ID-compliant license or identification card."

Beginning May 3, 2023, Minnesotans will not be able to use their standard driver's license 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. 

REAL ID Ready? Minnesotans Have Options

Nearly 24 percent of Minnesota driver’s license and ID cardholders have a REAL ID or enhanced driver’s license as the federal REAL ID full enforcement deadline approaches. Nationwide, approximately 40 percent of all U.S. driver’s licenses and ID cardholders were REAL ID-compliant as of Oct. 1, 2020, according the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. ​

Beginning May 3, 2023, 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 one of three options: 

  1. A passport or passport card.
  2. A REAL ID.
  3. An enhanced driver’s license or ID. 

The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) lists several other less-common forms of identification that are also acceptable for federal purposes. 

Those who aren’t sure which license type is right for them can use the online Help Me Choose a License/ID Type tool at drive.mn.gov.


REAL ID Airport Office Open to Serve Minnesota Airport Travelers

A DVS staff member talks with a traveler at the MSP Airport REAL ID office.

Minnesota airport travelers are able to apply for their REAL ID inside the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport’s (MSP) Terminal 1.

The REAL ID Airport Office accepts Minnesota REAL ID applications Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. by appointment only. Minnesotans can schedule their appointment for the day they fly out of MSP Terminal 1 online at drive.mn.gov by selecting Apply for a REAL ID at MSP Airport located on level 3 between the gold and green ramp. Minnesotans should complete the online pre-application before their appointment and double-check their required documents to make sure they have what they need for their application. This will prevent the need for a second visit.

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

Minnesota REAL ID driver's licenses

The 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. 



U.S. Department of Homeland Security Reminder: REAL ID and Passports are not Your Only Options Come May 3, 2023

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 May 3, 2023, 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.



Important Things to Remember

  • Beginning May 3, 2023, 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 May 3, 2023. 


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, 2018, Minnesotans now have the option to apply for a REAL ID-compliant driver's license or ID card.

Minnesota REAL ID driver's licenses  

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 March 1, 2022, 29.83 percent of Minnesota driver's license and identification card holders are currently REAL ID ready. That's up from:​
  • 29.52 percent on Feb. 1, 2022.
  • 28.96 percent on Jan. 1, 2022.
  • 28.45 percent on Dec. 1, 2021.
  • 27.95 percent on Nov. 1, 2021.
  • 27.42 percent on Oct. 1, 2021.
  • 26.89 percent on Sept. 1, 2021.
  • 24.64 percent on July 31, 2021​.
  • 23.28 percent on March 31, 2021.
  • 21.46 percent on Feb. 28, 2021.
  • 20.74 percent on Jan. 31, 2021.​
  • 20.16 percent on Dec. 31, 2020.
  • 19.56 percent on Nov. 30, 2020.
  • 19.09 percent on Oct. 31, 2020. 
  • 18.37 percent on Sept. 30, 2020.
  • 17.60 percent on Aug. 31, 2020.
  • 16.76 percent on July 31, 2020.
  • 15.97 percent on June 30, 2020.
  • 15.08 percent on May 31, 2020.
  • 14.95 percent on April 30, 2020.
  • 14.96 percent on March 31, 2020.
  • 13.62 percent on Feb. 28, 2020.
  • 12.04 percent on Jan. 30, 2020.
  • 10.72 percent on Jan. 1, 2020.
  • 9.72 percent on Nov. 27, 2019.
  • 8.91 percent on Nov. 1, 2019.
  • 7.8 percent on Sept. 27, 2019.​