Federal gov't sets January 2018 deadline for Minnesota to comply with READ ID

- All Minnesotans must have a READ ID compliant driver’s license or identification card issued by the state by January 22, 2018 in order to board a domestic commercial airlines flight in the United States, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced Friday.

The official deadline gives the Minnesota Legislature more than two years to get the state in line with the REAL ID Act. Minnesota is one of only a few states that do not comply with REAL ID standards.

The REAL ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, established minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Federal agencies, including airport Transportation Security Administration officials, are not allowed to accept licenses and ID cards from states that do not meet these standards.

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