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Minnesota Drivers are gearing up for REAL ID

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The clock is now ticking. Starting October 1st, you will need a REAL ID, enhanced drivers license, passport, or passport card if you want to do things like get on an airplane or enter a federal building.

According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, more than 505,000 Minnesotans are REAL ID ready which is about 11 percent of drivers. That's up two percent from November 1st.

Minnesota DPS says you'll need to bring four different documents with you when applying for a REAL ID:

  • One, proof of your social security number
  • Another, proving identity, date of birth, and legal presence in the US
  • And two documents proving your current residency in Minnesota

We spoke with one woman who applied for her REAL ID this afternoon and was happy to have it taken care of now rather than waiting.

"I'm really excited to use it, just because of the benefits of being able to use it in the airports and flying without having to bring in another form of identification to prove who I am," said REAL ID applicant MacKenzie Warge. "So I brought in my social security card, my passport, and then I also brought in my marriage license and then a proof of address as well."

Minnesota DPS says you can even pre-apply online to save some time at the drivers license office. Doing so can also notify you about what fees you may expect and remind you of all the necessary documentation you need to bring.

If you're not sure what documentation can be used or if you're looking for more information on the REAL ID or the Enhanced Driver's License, click here to check out the DPS website.

Sarah Gannon

Sarah Gannon

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