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Minnesotans' air travel, access to federal buildings at risk over Real ID gridlock


Minnesotans' air travel and access to federal buildings are at risk due to gridlock at the State Capitol, again over the issue of whether the state should issue driver's licenses to immigrants living in the state illegally.

The state's deadline for coming into compliance with the federal law intended to tighten security of driver's licenses and other forms of identification — known as Real ID — is in January 2018. If Gov. Mark Dayton and legislators don't resolve their disputes by then, a regular Minnesota driver's license would not be sufficient to board a commercial aircraft or enter federal facilities or military bases. Minnesotans could either obtain an enhanced ID from the state Department of Public Safety or use a passport or some other acceptable federal ID.


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