Minnesota became the last state to comply with the federal Real ID law following significant work by the Minnesota Chamber to support a plan adopted by the 2017 Legislature. The licenses, which require extra security and identity checks, will be necessary to board airplanes and enter federal facilities, effective January 2018.
Minnesota officials are working with a vendor to develop a new card and working on the state’s computer system to make the new card a reality. However, the cards are not slated to be ready until October 2018.
As soon as Minnesota’s legislation was signed to bring licenses into federal compliance, Governor Dayton sought a waiver to give the state until October 2020 to bring licenses into full compliance. State officials received assurances from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security earlier this month that Minnesota will be granted the necessary extensions.
The expected waivers from the federal government will allow Minnesotans to board airplanes and enter federal facilities with their current licenses while the state works to make the new cards available to all Minnesotans. The Chamber continues to track the issue for any additional developments.