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Dayton signs off on planning for license upgrades required by Real ID Act

Minnesota is one of five states that haven't already upgraded IDs to national standards.
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Minnesota will now start the process of complying with federal law requiring state driver's licenses to be upgraded to make them acceptable for air travel.

Minnesota is one of five states that haven't already upgraded IDs to national standards, and on Thursday Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill passed by the House and Senate that will see the state comply by 2018.

With his signature, Minnesota will start to investigate how it will comply with the Real ID Act.

The Department of Homeland Security says it will start enforcing Real ID standards from Jan. 22, 2018, meaning passengers without a Real ID compliant form of identification will have to bring another form of ID – such as a passport – with them to board their flight.

However, MPR reports that Minnesota lawmakers hope to get a federal waiver that means state residents don't have to be compliant until 2020.

The Pioneer Press notes that Minnesota lawmakers had signed a bill in 2009 banning the Department of Public Safety from bringing the Real ID rules to the state – a ban lifted under the bill signed Thursday.

"The federal government is requiring that we to do this, and we want to make sure our constituents can fly and get into federal buildings," House Majority Leader Joyce Peppin, R-Rogers, said, according to the newspaper.

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