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Feds give states years to meet new ID standards

ST. PAUL -- Americans may board commercial airlines for at least two more years with state identification cards that do not meet new federal guidelines, but it was not clear after Friday's announcement if a rush to change Minnesota law will continue.

The federal Department of Homeland Security announced it will not require Real ID-compliant cards until Jan. 22, 2018. However, states making progress to distribute the enhanced IDs could receive extensions until Oct. 1, 2020, when everyone would be required to use Real ID cards or another form of ID such as passports.

The bottom line from Friday's announcement is if Minnesota makes enough progress in meeting Real ID requirements, its residents might not need the new IDs until Oct. 1, 2020.


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