I have been contacted by a number of constituents concerned about Real ID and whether or not Minnesota’s noncompliance would have any impact on future travel plans.
Late last week, Minnesota received word from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that the earliest they will require Real ID compliant identification to board commercial flights is January 22, 2018. For states that are still not in compliance by that date, DHS could grant an additional extension to 2020.
In short, you and your family do not need to worry about being unable to board a commercial aircraft in the near future.
In addition to this, the Legislature now has time to responsibly review Real ID standards and work with DHS to ensure that Minnesota is brought into compliance.
Again, there is no need to worry if you plan to fly in the future as your current driver’s license remains a sufficient form of identification.
As always if you have any questions or concerns, you can send me an e-mail at Rep.Mary.Franson@House.MN or call my office at 651-296-3201. You can also send mail to my office address: 517 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155.