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January 4, 2016

UPDATE – Status Of Minnesota Driver’s License And REAL ID

As reported recently in the news, the federal government has denied the request by the State of Minnesota for an extension to the REAL ID standards.  Two other states also saw similar requests denied – New Mexico and Washington.  While three states were granted extensions – Louisiana, New York and New Hampshire.  One stumbling block for Minnesota is it must repeal a 2009 law put in place to address concerns over federal overreach.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has promised at least 120 days notice before a REAL ID compliant identification card is required for domestic air travel.  The DHS has NOT yet given notice, so the 120 day clock is NOT counting down at this time.  However, as of January 1, 2016 the Minnesota driver’s licenses are not sufficient identification for the general public to be allowed on U.S. Military bases and other semi-restricted federal facilities.  This may affect companies with business in Washington, D.C., but will likely have very little affect elsewhere.

Here is a list of forms of ID that are approved and can be used as compliant forms of identification:

  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. passport card
  • DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
  • U.S. military ID (active duty or retired military and their dependents, and DoD civilians)
  • Permanent resident card
  • Border crossing card
  • DHS-designated enhanced driver’s license
  • Airline or airport-issued ID (if issued under a TSA-approved security plan)
  • Federally recognized, tribal-issued photo ID
  • HSPD-12 PIV card
  • Foreign government-issued passport
  • Canadian provincial driver’s license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card
  • Transportation worker identification credential

We continue to observe this issue closely, and will provide updates as additional information becomes available.

For additional information on REAL ID, please refer to the following recent articles:
StarTribune 12/22/15
StarTribune 12/23/15

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