Sen. Tomassoni Votes for a clean Real ID bill

ST. PAUL, MinnState Senator David Tomassoni (DFL-Chisholm) voted for REAL ID language that would allow Minnesotans to board flights and visit their loved ones on military bases without unrelated and controversial immigration issues. After years of trying, the Minnesota Legislature finally reached a compromise that leaves the issue of driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants out of the Real ID debate. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 57 to 8.

“We’ve delayed on properly addressing this matter for years, but finally this week the Minnesota Legislature passed a REAL ID bill that will allow Minnesotans to fly with their driver’s license and allow those worried about data privacy to remain private,” said Sen. Tomassoni. “I am very proud to see the hard work on this bill finally come to fruition. This is a clean bill, and I think the hard work and compromise it took to get the bill to where it is today was worth it for Minnesotans.”

Background:

  • This year the legislature is granting the MN Department of Public Safety (DPS) the authority to come into compliance with federally mandated REAL ID standards.
  • The bill requires DPS to begin issuing REAL ID-compliant driver’s license and IDs by Oct. 1, 2018.
  • For Minnesotans seeking to renew their license early to get a REAL ID-compliant ID there is a sliding scale of early renewal fees ranging from $2-$6 depending on how early they renew before their ID expires.
  • Another ID option available to Minnesotans is the enhanced driver’s license which will satisfy all the requirements of the REAL ID and more, and is currently available at select DMV locations.
  • All DMV locations will be offering the new REAL ID-compliant license and IDs
Senator David Tomassoni
David Tomassoni represents District 6, which includes portions of Itasca and St. Louis counties in the northeastern part of the state.

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