Don't worry about the Real ID signs at MSP airport – not yet anyway

If you've flown out of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport this Christmas, you may have noticed some signs relating to the whole Real ID issue.
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If you've flown out of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport this Christmas, you may have noticed some signs relating to the whole Real ID issue.

In case you're not familiar with the debacle, Minnesota is one of the states not to have conformed with federal guidelines on security standards for driving licenses, and the government has given the state until January 22, 2018 to get it figured out.

But in the meantime, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has started posting signs at airports in states that don't yet comply, reminding travelers that they will eventually need driver's licenses that follow Real ID standards in order to use them to travel.

That's why these signs are now in MSP, so don't worry just yet that you don't have a Real ID compliant driver's license – you won't need one for another year (and a bit).

That said, the process of making Minnesota Real ID compliant seems to be some way off.

MPR reports that the state's legislature still hasn't agreed on how to do it, and even though they will try again in the upcoming legislative session, there's some potential roadblocks in the way.

One of those roadblocks could be Sen. Warren Limmer, who is the new chair of the Senate judiciary committee and has been a critic of Real ID in the past, citing concerns about the government collecting too much information.

In the event Minnesota doesn't get the Real ID issue fixed, travelers will need to use a passport, military ID, or permanent resident card to board a commercial plane.

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