Good news! You can use your Minnesota driver's license to fly till 2020

The Real ID debacle is coming to an end.
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Good news for Minnesota travelers, you'll be able to use your existing driver's license to fly domestically until 2020.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety announced on Monday that because it's on track to issue Real ID-compliant cards later this year, Minnesotans will still be allowed to use their driver's licenses at airports for the next two years.

Minnesota has an extension until Oct. 10, 2018 to introduce federally compliant driver's licenses, which follows years of back-and-forth with the Department of Homeland Security over privacy concerns in introducing the new IDs.


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But the state has informed the DHS it expects to be able to make compliant licenses and identification cards available by Oct. 1.

Residents will be able to apply for new licenses in October, with state workers expected to undergo training ahead of their launch in the coming months.

What you need to know

– Your existing Minnesota driver's licenses and IDs can be used to fly domestically and enter federal buildings until Oct. 1, 2020.

– The new, REAL-ID-compliant license will be valid for four years.

– If you apply for a new ID well before your existing license is due to expire, you'll pay an early renewal fee of $2 for up to 17 months before expiration, $4 for 18-29 months, and $6 for more than 29 months.

– If you don't have a Real ID-compliant license after Oct. 1, 2020, you'll need to use a passport or an Enhanced Driver's License to fly domestic or access federal buildings.

– Enhanced Driver's Licenses can be used to cross the Mexican, Canadian and some Caribbean borders; Real ID licenses cannot.

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