What's the difference between REAL ID and Enhanced Driver's Licenses?

There are three Minnesota driver's licenses currently available: Standard, REAL, and Enhanced. Most Minnesota residents currently have a Standard driver's license, which is good until May 2023.

After May 2023, if you fly domestically within the U.S., you will need either a REAL DL, Enhanced DL, or a passport to board a plane. (You are not required to switch if you have no intentions of traveling via plane.)

For an additional $15, the Enhanced DL/ID will work as a dual-purpose card that serves as a DL/ID and as a passport card that can be used to travel to and return from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land border crossings or sea ports-of-entry. It can also be used to board aircraft for domestic travel, but cannot be used for international air travel.

Please pre-apply for a DL/ID before heading in.

For further driver's license questions please visit the MN Department of Public Safety or call 651-297-3298.

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1. Can I renew and/or replace my Driver's License here?
2. What's the difference between REAL ID and Enhanced Driver's Licenses?
3. When can I get a REAL ID?
4. Do you offer Enhanced Driver's License services?
5. Can I apply for my very first Instruction Permit at your location?
6. Can I take an exam at your location?
7. Can I reinstate my driver's license at your location?
8. Do you take disability applications and renewal cards at your office?
9. Can I complete a Commercial Driver License (CDL) medical self-certification form at your office?
10. How can I reach the state about additional Driver's License questions?