Skip to main content

DHS denies MN time extension for driver's license security upgrade

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Minnesota has been denied a time extension to comply with federal rules requiring state residents to have enhanced identification to board domestic flights and enter federal buildings.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed in a letter to the office of Gov. Mark Dayton that the state must comply with REAL ID standards, meaning Minnesota driver's licenses from now on can't be used to get into federal facilities – including military bases.

They are, however, still being accepted for domestic flights, with the DHS soon to decide whether it will serve Minnesota with the 120 days' notice required before a REAL ID is needed to get on a commercial airplane.

Dayton had asked to delay the implementation of ID requirements until March so the legislature could discuss it when it reconvenes – but the rejection now increases the likelihood of a special session being called, according to the Pioneer Press' Rachel Stassen-Berger.

"Minnesota has not provided adequate justification for continued noncompliance with the Real ID standards that would warrant granting your request for extension," the DHS wrote to Dayton.

The Real ID Act was passed by Congress in 2005 and went into effect in 2008, as a way to increase security and deter identity fraud in a post-9/11 world. The law requires all state identification cards to have a minimum set of requirements.

But Minnesota's legislature passed a law in 2009 prohibiting the state from upgrading its driver's licenses, amid concerns the new requirements could allow the government to track people's whereabouts or access their private information.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-01-17 at 9.39.38 PM

Jordan Greenway runs into Darcy Kuemper, sparks fight

Kuemper got knocked out of the game, leading to the brawl.

Kirill Kaprizov

MacKinnon's controversial goal helps Avalanche top Wild

Kirill Kaprizov's two goals were spoiled by a questionable call.

powell itasca jail jan 2022 resize

Attorney accused of sex assault misses hearing, DMs judge

He was arrested the next day after a warrant was issued,

lorie shaull vulcan snow park st paul winter carnival 2018

Winter Carnival: Get vaccinated or test negative before coming

Organizers are also reminding people to be mindful of the city's emergency regulations.

hospital, emergency room

Driver, 15 years old, hurt when car collides with SUV

The road was wet at the time, the State Patrol said.

Tyler Wahl

Minnesotans have the Badgers back in the national spotlight

Three of Wisconsin's four leading scorers are from Minnesota.

Francisco Liriano

Liriano retires: Remembering his meteoric rise as a rookie

There was no one better than Liriano from mid-May to late-July in 2006.

Related

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.

Whew: Minnesota driver's licenses will work at airport security until October 2018 now

The state got an extension (again) to meet those Real ID standards.