Minnesota says old IDs should suffice at airports until 2020

Published 8:13 am Tuesday, May 8, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota officials say standard driver’s licenses should be accepted for domestic flights until October 2020 as stronger Real ID requirements roll out.

That’s been an open question for years as the state has struggled to satisfy the federal Real ID Act. The 2005 law requires upgraded security standards for licenses and took effect in January. Minnesota and several other states have extensions.

Minnesota’s current extension is slated to lapse in October, soon after the state begins issuing the new compliant licenses. But the Department of Public Safety said Monday it had been assured that standard licenses would be accepted at airports and federal facilities until Oct. 1, 2020.

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Minnesota is one of several states that haven’t yet implemented the new IDs.