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5 Things to Know about REAL ID and the New Driver’s License/ID Card Design

Newly designed Minnesota driver's licensesThe new Minnesota driver’s license and ID card design has people wondering about REAL ID. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. The newly designed cards being issued now are not REAL IDs.

  2. You do not need to take any action at this time to comply with the federal REAL ID law.

  3. You will be able to apply for a REAL ID-compliant card in October 2018, but you will have two years to obtain one if you choose. That means you will be able to use your standard license or ID card for federal purposes, including boarding domestic flights, until October 1, 2020.

  4. Minnesotans whose driver’s licenses or identification cards expire before October 2018 should plan to renew their cards as they normally would. The renewed license or ID card will ​be valid for four years, barring a suspension or revocation.

  5. If you choose to apply for a REAL ID before your standard license expires, an early renewal fee would be charged and an additional four years would be added to the expiration date. Fee information is available on the REAL ID FAQ page.

Remember: There’s no need to rush to get a REAL ID- compliant card. You can use your standard license or ID card for federal purposes, including boarding domestic flights, until October 1, 2020.

Learn more about the new design on our New Driver's License and ID Card page.


What You Need to Bring when Applying for a License or ID



Applying for a REAL ID compliant card requires additional documentation compared to the requirements for a standard Minnesota driver's license. A person must provide the following in person when applying:

  • One document proving identity, date of birth and legal presence in the United States.
    • If the name on the identity document is not the same as a person's current name, a name change document must be submitted.
  • One document proving social security number.
  • Two documents proving current residency in Minnesota.

Complete list of acceptable documents for REAL ID

Enhanced driver’s license or ID

Applying for an EDL or EID requires additional requirements and documentation compared to a standard Minnesota license.

  • Only an applicant who can provide proof of identity, full legal name, social security number, photographic identity, Minnesota residency and U.S. citizenship is eligible for a Minnesota EDL or EID.
  • Two types of documents must be submitted to prove Minnesota residency. For example, an electric bill or phone bill and a tax return.
  • An EDL/EID must list the Minnesota residence address.
  • Complete an Interview Questionnaire at the time of application.
  • A $15 fee is required in addition to the fee for a driver’s license or ID card.

Complete list of document requirements for an EDL of EID

Standard driver’s license or ID

  • To apply for a standard driver’s license, identification card, or permit, you may present a Minnesota driver’s license, identification card, or permit that is current or expired for five years or less if it has a photo, or one year or less if it does not have a photo.
  • If you do not have one of the items listed above, you must present two documents, including one document that contains your full name and the month, day and year of your birth. These documents may include a birth certificate, passport or a Social Security card.
  • If the name on your driver’s license, identification card or permit has changed or the names on your other documents do not match, you must also present proof of your legal name change(s).

Complete list of document requirements for a standard driver's license or ID

How to stay updated

  • The DPS-DVS Facebook page will have information that can easily be shared.