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Little demand for Real ID licenses as the new system goes live in Minnesota

Minnesota is now issuing Real ID licenses, but people preferred the standard licenses on Day 1.

On the first day of Real ID in Minnesota, there was more demand for the existing driver's licenses than the new ones.

The Minnesota DPS Driver and Vehicle Services reported no problems on the day that Real ID went live, doubtless a relief to state officials after the faulty rollout of its new MNLARS licensing system last year.

This was likely helped by little additional demand for Real IDs on Monday, with wait times reported to be normal and demand for the new IDs low.

As of 2:30 p.m. Monday, the DVS had processed just 711 Real ID-compliant driver's licenses and ID cards.

During the same period, it processed 4,404 new or renewed standard Minnesota driver's licenses and ID cards.

As of Oct. 1, 2020, people still holding the licenses won't be allowed to use them to board domestic flights or enter federal buildings, and will instead either have to have a Real ID-compliant license, or use their passport.

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State officials had been urging Minnesotans to not apply for Real IDs in the first few weeks of the new system – unless their current license is expiring – so DVS staff weren't faced with huge demand.

And it sounds like Minnesotans have listened, either that, or they're really not that bothered about the new IDs.

You can find out more about how to apply for Real IDs here.

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