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Current Minnesota IDs likely good until 2020

Minnesotans should be able to use their existing driver's licenses and identification cards until 2020 to board domestic airline flights and enter some federal facilities.

State officials announced Monday, May 7, that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has informed them that since the state is making progress in meeting federal Real ID standards, the deadline may be extended. While not an official deadline extension, Minnesota officials said they expect that to be granted.

The new license and ID will be more secure, but for years Minnesota legislators refused to allow Real IDs to be issued, saying they feared the federal government would collect too much information about citizens. Most states already issue Real IDs.

State officials say Minnesotans need take no action to comply with Real ID standards now. Citizens may apply for Real ID licenses and IDs beginning Oct. 1, but they should not be needed for two more years.

People who apply for Real ID licenses and IDs before existing ones expire will pay an early renewal fee and will be charged for a four-year license.

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