Senator Tomassoni Provides REAL ID Update in Advance of October 1 Launch

Senator David Tomassoni (DFL-Chisholm) today provided an update about new REAL ID cards that will become available on October 1, 2018.

“The federal deadline to obtain a REAL ID is October 1, 2020. Prior to the deadline, a Minnesota standard license or ID card will be accepted for federal purposes, including boarding domestic flights,” said Sen. Tomassoni. “Before you begin the process of obtaining a REAL ID, take a moment to double-check the list of required documentation you’ll need at My office is available via phone at 651-296-8017 or by email using the form online at to answer any questions you may have.”

REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses or ID cards will not be required for domestic air travel for two years, but Minnesotans who choose to apply for one will need to bring in more documentation than is required for a standard driver’s license.

The additional documentation required by federal law ensures the new licenses and ID cards meet minimum federal security standards established by Congress in 2005 under the REAL ID Act. To obtain a REAL ID, applicants must provide proof of identity, date of birth, legal status, Social Security number and Minnesota residency.

To apply for a REAL ID, Minnesotans will need to present the following documents in person:

  • One document proving identity, date of birth and legal presence in the United States, such as a passport or a birth certificate. If the name on the identity document is not the same as a person’s current name, a name change document must be submitted.
  • One document proving social security number, such as a social security card or a federal W2 form.
  • Two documents proving current residency in Minnesota. Examples include a valid driver’s license or ID card, a cancelled check or a credit card statement.

A complete list of acceptable documents for REAL ID can be found at


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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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