The federal government says Minnesota now fully meets REAL ID requirements for drivers licenses. The state Public Safety Department’s Bruce Gordon says Minnesotans can apply for a REAL-ID-compliant drivers license now, but it’s not required until October 1st, 2020 to board domestic flights and enter federal facilities. “Most important thing to remember is that Minnesotans will be able to use their standard licenses and I-D cards for federal purposes, including boarding domestic flights, until October 1st, 2020,” Gordon says. After that date, Minnesotans also have the option of using either a passport or “enhanced drivers license” to board domestic flights or enter federal facilities. The E-D-L can also be used for land and sea border crossings with Canada, Mexico and some Carribean nations.
Gordon says, “A lot of people have decided that they want a standard drivers license, because they’ll be able to use a passport for domestic flight, or they might not fly at all, so a standard drivers license would be just fine.”
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