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REAL ID

Federal REAL ID Enforcement Deadline Extended to Oct. 1, 2021

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending the REAL ID full enforcement deadline to Oct. 1, 2021​.

The deadline was originally set for Oct. 1, 2020, but is being delayed by one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The federal, state and local response to the spread of the Coronavirus here in the United States necessitates a delay in this deadline," Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf said in a statement. "Our state and local partners are working tirelessly with the Administration to flatten the curve and, therefore, we want to remove any impediments to response and recovery efforts."

Many DVS exam stations, deputy registrar and driver's license agent offices have closed or limited services due to COVID-19 concerns.


Flying Soon? Apply for your REAL ID at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport


This office is closed during Gov. Walz's stay at home order, which is set to expire May 18. 

A traveler speaks with an agent at the REAL ID office at MSP Airport

Minnesota air travelers flying out of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport’s (MSP) Terminal 1 can save themselves a trip to a DVS, deputy registrar or driver’s license agent office and apply for their REAL ID at the airport. Governor Tim Walz, DPS Commissioner John Harrington and Metropolitan Airports Commission Chair Rick King announced the opening of the office at a news conference March 4.

The office is open 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.

Beginning Oct. 1, 2021, 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.




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.




Are You REAL ID Ready? DPS Creates Video to Make Sure You’re Prepared for the REAL ID Deadline

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security extended the REAL ID full enforcement deadline to Oct. 1, 2021. DPS-DVS is working to update REAL ID material to reflect this extension. 

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. 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, 2021

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, 2021, 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 Oct. 1, 2021, 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, 2021.
 

 

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, 2021. Beginning Oct. 1, 2021, 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 Feb. 28, 2020, approximately 13.62 percent of Minnesota driver's license and identification card holders are currently REAL ID ready. That's up from:
  • 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.
 
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