What is REAL ID?

Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act establishes minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and ID cards.  The Act refers to federal anti-terrorism laws and regulations that control access to the following:

  • Federally regulated commercial aircraft.
  • Federal facilities requiring identification to enter, such as military bases or nuclear power facilities.

The At prohibits federal agencies like the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) from accepting cards for official purposes from states that do not meet minimum security standards.

Important Things to Remember

  • REAL IDs are optional.  Standard driver's licenses and ID cards will continue to be acceptable for driving and other identification purposes now that REAL ID is available.
  • Minnesotans will be able to use their standard licenses and ID cards for federal purposes, including boarding domestic flights, until October 1, 2020.
  • After Oct. 1, 2020, a REAL ID, Enhanced driver's license or ID or passport will be required for those wanting to board domestic flights or enter federal facilities.

REAL ID applicants should be sure to have all required documentation with them at the time of application.  Visit the Required Documents page for a full list.

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1. How much will it cost to transfer a vehicle?
2. I don't have my prebill. Can I still come in to buy my tabs?
3. I have lost my MInnesota title. How do I get another one?
4. I just moved here from out of state. What do I need to do to register my vehicle?
5. How does the "Grace Period" work?
6. What will you accept for insurance?
7. What do I need to bring with me to get a hunting or fishing license?
8. I need registration and tabs for my boat, snowmobile or ATV. I don't have a renewal notice. How can I renew?
9. What is REAL ID?
10. Can i apply for an Enhanced Driver's License/identifiation Card or REAL ID at the Wright County License Bureau?
11. What do I need to bring with me to apply to get a REAL ID/DL?
12. How do I know which type of license I will need?
13. How early can I renew my driver's license?
14. Can I get a permit at this location?
15. What should I bring with me for my first time application?
16. What do I need to bring in order to renew my Commercial Driver's License (CDL)?
17. I have an out of state Driver's License, can I transfer it to Minnesota at your location?
18. Can I pay a Minnesota or Out of State fine at your office?
19. What do I need to bring with me to apply for an Enhanced Driver's License?