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.