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Apply for a REAL ID as soon as possible

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Dear Neighbors,

Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, Minnesotans will not be able to use their standard driver’s license or ID card to board domestic flights or enter certain federal facilities. Instead, Minnesotans 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.

If you want to receive a REAL ID prior to this deadline, the Department of Public Safety is urging Minnesotans to submit applications no later than June 15, 2020. To save time and make sure you have everything you need before you visit a driver’s license office, you can pre-apply online at

Minnesotans who have questions or concerns about the status of their license or ID card can contact DVS at or 651-297-3298. Include your full name and date of birth with your question in the email. Click here for information about the documentation you’ll need to apply and here for documentation examples.

If you would appreciate assistance or further information, my office is a resource you can get in touch with. Send an email to, call me toll-free at 1-800-551-5520, or mail a letter to 597 State Office Building, St. Paul, MN 55155.


Paul Marquart

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