Real ID

Minnesota is now in full compliance with the federal REAL ID Act. Federal agencies will continue to accept standard Minnesota driver's licenses and identification cards for official purposes, including air travel and federal facility entry until October 1, 2021.

After October 1, 2021, a REAL ID, Enhanced driver's license or ID, or passport will be required for those wanting to board domestic flights or enter federal facilities.

Real ID driver's license options

When it’s time for a new license, you have a choice of Real ID, Enhanced ID, or Standard ID.  All are valid for driving and most identification purposes, however, only a Real ID and Enhanced ID are acceptable for domestic air travel after October 1, 2021.  Passports will still be acceptable for domestic and international air travel.  Find out what is right for you here.

A gold star in the upper right hand corner of your driver's license will identify if you have a Real ID.  If you still have a standard ID and would like to switch to Real ID, you can do so at any time.  You do not need to wait until renewal time. Visit Department of Vehicle Services for more information.

Start the application process

To start, complete the Real ID pre-application online.  Completing the online pre-application at home will save you time and prepare you for your visit to the Motor Vehicle Office.  The online pre-application lists each requirement in a step-by-step format.  You will need an office visit to complete the request for a new MN license or ID. 

Additional documentation

More documents are needed to apply for Real ID and Enhanced ID.  The Real ID Act requires Minnesota and other states to verify each document.  All documents must be originals or certified copies.  For information on documents needed, visit DVS-Required Documentation.

Changed your name?

Ever had a name change? If your current name is different from the name appearing on one or more of your documents, you will be required to submit proof for each name change.  These must be originals or certified copies.