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June 22, 2018

5/23/2018 9:10:00 AM
State's current licenses good until Oct. 1, 2020

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has informed the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services Division during a quarterly REAL ID compliance check-in that the state was making the necessary progress to comply with the federal regulations.
This means that Minnesotans will be able to use their current licenses and ID cards for domestic air travel until Oct. 1, 2020.
My staff and I have been fingerprinted and undergone background checks with the BCA. Currently, with the assistance of my IT Director we are submitting paperwork to assure them our computer systems are compliant.
New equipment will be delivered and I am expecting a complete change in our workflow. Computer-based training will start June 1 and classroom training will be in July and August.
Minnesotan's should renew their licenses as they normally would. The renewed license will be good for four years.
Minnesotan's will be able to apply for the REAL ID compliant driver's license and ID cards beginning Oct. 1, 2018, but they will not be needed until Oct. 1, 2020. If a Minnesotan chooses to apply for a REAL ID before their license expires early renewal fees will be charged.
   - Kathy Kretsch
     Cottonwood County
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