Minnesota Gets Ready For Real IDs

Some Minnesotans will have to update their identification if they wish to fly domestic.


Starting on October 1st of 2021, the standard Minnesota driver’s license or ID will no longer be accepted for air travel, visiting a military base or entering any other federal building. Acceptable documentation now will include passports, enhanced ID cards or Real ID cards. This comes after the passage of the federal REAL ID Act of 2005, establishing minimum standards for proof of identity.


If you have a passport, you don't need to update your driver's license or identification card as the passport will serve as a valid ID. If you are looking to update to the Real or Enhanced driver's license or identification card, you will need a couple of items to complete the process.


- Birth Certificate

- Your Social Security Card (unlaminated)

- Two Forms of Documented Proof of Minnesota Residency


Differences between Real ID and Enhanced ID include border crossing with the enhanced ID while the real ID can be issued to non-US citizens.


You can find out more information about the real and enhanced IDs on the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s website.





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