Homeland Security determines Minnesota is REAL ID compliant

November 20, 2018 07:29 PM

The Department of Homeland Security has determined Minnesota is now in full compliance with the REAL ID Act and regulation.

The department informed Gov. Mark Dayton of that determination in a letter dated Monday.


"With this notification, federal agencies may continue to accept for official purposes driver's licenses and identification cards issued by Minnesota," the letter reads.

RELATED: Minnesotans may now apply for REAL ID

The state has struggled to satisfy the 2005 federal Real ID Act. The law requires upgraded security standards for licenses and took effect in January. 

Minnesota and several other states have received extensions.

Minnesotans have been able to apply to obtain a REAL ID drivers license or ID card since October. 

RELATED: DPS provides update on applying for REAL ID licenses and ID cards

A REAL ID will be required to board domestic flights in 2020.

"I want to congratulate and thank everyone who has worked so very hard to make this day happen," Dayton said in a statement.


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