What's the deal with REAL ID and Enhanced Driver's Licenses and IDs??

Beginning May 7, 2025, a federal ID will be required for domestic flights. You can see a list of approved federal IDs HERE

If you choose to use a non-driver’s license ID (such as passport) for air travel, or if you never plan to travel by air, you are not required to upgrade your license. 

There are three Minnesota driver's licenses currently available: Standard, REAL, and Enhanced. Most Minnesota residents currently have a Standard driver's license, which will remain valid for identification and driving privileges, even after the federal ID travel deadline.

REAL and Enhanced licenses have essentially the same function, except that the Enhanced can be used 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. 

Please note that none of the licenses or IDs are valid for international air travel.

If you are unsure what type of ID you need, go HERE for a helpful questionnaire.

You can save time by pre-applying for a DL/ID before visiting our office.

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1. Can I renew and/or replace my Driver's License here?
2. What's the deal with REAL ID and Enhanced Driver's Licenses and IDs??
3. Can I apply for my very first Instruction Permit at your location?
4. Can I take an exam at your location?
5. Do you have driver's manuals?
6. Can I reinstate my driver's license at your location?
7. Do you take disability applications and renewal cards at your office?
8. Can I complete a Commercial Driver License (CDL) medical self-certification form at your office?
9. Can I get a copy of my driving record here?
10. How can I reach the state about additional Driver's License questions?
11. My child is under 18. Do they need an ID to travel?
12. I'm a brand new resident or returning to Minnesota. How do I get a driver's license or ID?
13. Can I renew, replace, or upgrade my license online?
14. My license is expired! How do I renew it?
15. Will I have to take a photo with my license or ID?
16. I already have a REAL or Enhanced license or ID, what do I need to bring in to renew it?
17. My name has changed, how do I update it on my license or ID?
18. I lost my Social Security card, how do I get a new one?
19. Can I get a birth certificate at your location?
20. Where can I get a certified marriage certificate?