Statewide extension for drivers’ licenses

Minnesotans with drivers’ licenses or ID cards scheduled to expire during the COVID-19 outbreak will receive an extension through a bill passed this week. 147 DMV offices have either closed or reduced services across the state to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Drivers with a currently valid license will be allowed to continue driving with an expired date on their license during the peacetime emergency and the two consecutive months following the end of the emergency before they must renew their license.

The Department of Homeland Security is also set to grant states a one-year extension before REAL ID requirements go into effect. The majority of Minnesotans have not yet renewed their licenses to be in compliance with REAL ID, which will be required to fly domestically most likely by September of 2021.

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