All you ever needed to know about the new MN Real ID

The Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services has everything you might need to know about the real ID. Here are some of the highlights…

Minnesotans May Apply for REAL ID in October; Not Required Until 2020

Beginning in October you’ll be able to apply for a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or identification card, but you don’t need to rush out and get one right away. You’ll have two years to obtain one, if you choose.

Minnesotans will be able to use their standard driver’s licenses and ID cards for federal purposes, including boarding domestic flights, until October 2020.

Because you don’t need to take any action to comply with federal REAL ID law at this time, state officials suggest you wait to apply unless you need to change your name or address, or renew your current license.

Learn more about the status of REAL ID in Minnesota in this news release
And some details…
5 Things to Know about REAL ID and the New Driver’s License/ID Card Design

The 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.