It’s time to get REAL

While more Minnesotans are now REAL ID ready, there are about 3.7 million Minnesota license holders who will need to decide if they need a REAL ID or other acceptable form of identification before the federal deadline of Oct. 1, 2020.

Approximately 10.72% of Minnesota driver’s license and identification card holders have a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or ID card. That’s up 2% since Nov. 1, 2019.

The federal REAL ID Act full enforcement deadline of Oct. 1, 2020 is less than nine months away. As of that date, 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.

“This is good progress, but there are still many Minnesotans who will need a REAL ID come Oct. 1, 2020,” Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services Director Emma Corrie said. “Don’t wait. If you want a REAL ID to fly later this year, apply for one now, and make sure you have everything you need before you visit an office.”

REAL ID SCOREBOARD

In the last month, nearly 47,000 Minnesotans applied for a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or ID card or an enhanced driver’s license or ID card.

As of Jan. 2, there are a total of: 274,817 Minnesota REAL ID driver’s license and ID card holders; 230,494 Minnesota enhanced driver’s license and ID card holders; 4,207,202 Minnesota standard driver’s license and ID card holders.

That brings the total number of Minnesotans who are REAL ID ready to 505,311, or 10.72% of Minnesota driver’s license and identification card holders.

Track Minnesota’s progress online at REALID.dps.mn.gov.

PRE-APPLY ONLINE

The best way to make sure applicants for a REAL ID or other license type have everything they need before they visit a driver’s license office is to pre-apply online at drive.mn.gov. This feature allows Minnesotans to enter a significant portion of their application online, reducing the time they spend in the office. It also lists the required documents for each license type so applicants can have all necessary documents ready when they visit their local office.

REAL ID REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

Minnesotans are required to provide additional documentation when applying for a REAL ID, compared to a standard driver’s license or ID card.

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; if you have not updated your name change with the Social Security Administration, you must do so prior to applying for a Real ID; two different documents proving current residency in Minnesota; must have applicant’s current legal name and current address in Minnesota. A P.O. Box will not suffice as proof of current residency in Minnesota.

Applicants must provide original documents or documents certified by the agency that issued them. Laminated documents will not be accepted. Digital documents shown on your phone or other electronic device will also not be accepted. A full list of accepted documentation is on the REAL ID website.

RENEW EARLY

Any eligible Minnesotan can apply for a REAL ID now, but there is a fee in addition to the standard cost of the license or ID card. It depends on how early you renew.

• $2 for a renewal up to 17 months before expiration

• $4 for a renewal 18-29 months before expiration

• $6 for a renewal more than 29 months before expiration

When renewing early, four years will be added to the license or ID card’s original expiration date, so while an early renewal will cost a little more, the license or ID card will be valid for a longer period of time. The early renewal option is only for those who renewed their Minnesota driver’s license or ID card before REAL IDs were available on Oct. 1, 2018. Their licenses must also expire after the full enforcement date of Oct. 1, 2020.

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY REAL ID OR EDL/EID?

DPS-DVS is working to process all driver’s license and ID card applications as quickly as possible.

Processing times are updated weekly online.

ENHANCED DRIVER’S LICENSE OR ID (EDL/EID)

State Enhanced Driver’s Licenses (EDLs) are REAL ID-compliant and are acceptable for official federal purposes such as accessing a federal facility or boarding commercial aircraft. They are also designated as acceptable border-crossing documents by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and can be used to travel by land or sea to Mexico, Canada and some Caribbean countries. Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Vermont and Washington are the only states that currently issue EDLs.

Minnesotans who have an enhanced driver’s license or ID (EDL/EID) can continue to use it to board domestic flights or enter federal facilities after Oct. 1, 2020.

More information about EDLs and EIDs can be found on the REAL ID website.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the difference between a REAL ID and an enhanced driver’s license or ID card?

REAL IDs are issued to both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens.

REAL IDs cost the same as a standard license or ID card.

REAL IDs cannot be used as border crossing documents.

Enhanced driver’s licenses and ID cards are federally-approved border crossing documents under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative and can be used to travel by land or sea to Mexico, Canada and some Caribbean countries.

Enhanced driver’s licenses and ID cards are only issued to U.S. citizens.

Enhanced driver’s licenses and ID cards cost $15 more than a standard license or ID card.

Enhanced driver’s licenses and ID cards require additional documentation that REAL IDs do not, such as proof of citizenship, proof of photographic identity and an interview questionnaire at the time of application.

Do I need a REAL ID if I have a passport?

Minnesotans who have a valid U.S. passport or passport card can use it to board domestic flights or enter federal facilities even after Oct. 1, 2020. Minnesotans who do not wish to use their passport for domestic travel can apply for a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or ID card to use for federal purposes beginning Oct. 1, 2020.

What documentation is required to apply for a REAL ID?

A person must provide 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.

A person must provide  one document proving social security number.

A person must provide  two different documents proving current residency in Minnesota.

FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS

Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act establishes minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards. The Act refers to federal anti-terrorism laws and regulations that control access to:

• Federally regulated commercial aircraft.

• Federal facilities requiring identification to enter, such as military bases or nuclear power facilities.

For more information on acceptable forms of identification for boarding aircraft, please see TSA’s website. Please check with individual federal facilities regarding their requirements.

STAY UPDATED

Find Minnesota REAL ID information and resources at the state’s website:

REALID.dps.mn.gov.

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

HOW TO GET HELP

For driver services questions (licenses, ID cards, driver compliance and exams) send an email to dvs.driverslicense@state.mn.us, and include your full name and date of birth with your question. You can also call 651-297-3298.

For vehicle services questions (ownership transfers, titles, liens and vehicle registration) visit the DVS website and submit your question. You can also call 651-297-2126 or email dvs.motor.vehicles@state.mn.us.

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