You Now Have More Time to Get Your Minnesota REAL ID
The deadline to get a new, enhanced REAL ID in Minnesota had been coming up in under 6 months, but you now don't have to worry about it until 2023.
Minnesota was late to the party when it comes to REAL IDs anyway
Minnesota was one of the last states in the country to start issuing the new, enhanced REAL IDs. State lawmakers originally were concerned about protecting your identity, given the extra level of paperwork needed to get the new IDs, but once they realized the federal government was going to require flyers in the U.S. to have them ANYWAY, they finally relented and started issuing them a few years ago.
The deadline here in Minnesota for having you have a REAL ID (which, here in Minnesota could be your driver's license or stand-alone state ID card) in order to board any domestic flight or gain entry into any federal property was October 1st.
But wait-- there's now another REAL ID extension!
That's right-- the Department of Homeland Security just extended that deadline another 19 months until May of 2023. And, that's the second time the US DHS has handed out an extension; in March of 2020, when the pandemic was just starting, DHS rolled back the deadline a year from October 1, 2020, until October 1, 2021. Now it's being pushed back again.
So why is the REAL ID deadline being extended this time?
The reason, according to this CNN story, is, of course, ongoing impacts from the coronavirus. The story says the pandemic has caused "limited operating capacity at state driver's licensing agencies, which has delayed renewals of expiring licenses."
So, now you won't need a REAL ID until May of 2023. Which is kind of amazing, given that Congress first passed the REAL ID Act back in 2005-- which, by the time the new deadline takes effect, will be 18 years later!