January REAL ID Update: Nearly 11 Percent of Minnesotans are REAL ID Ready
While more Minnesotans are now REAL ID ready, there are about 3.7 million Minnesota license holders who will need to decide if they need a REAL ID or other acceptable form of identification before the federal deadline of Oct. 1, 2020. Approximately 10.72 percent of Minnesota driver's license and identification card holders have a REAL ID-compliant driver's license or ID card. That's up two percent since Nov.1, 2019.
Find the latest statistics and information about how to apply for a REAL ID in the latest REAL ID update.
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.
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.
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.
Pre-Application Feature Makes Office Visits Quicker
A 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.
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.