Real ID Bill Headed to Governor Dayton
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Fear not, Minnesotans worried about boarding flights next year: A fix from the Legislature is on the way.
Lawmakers have struggled for years to pass a plan complying with the federal Real ID Act over concerns about federal overreach and a debate about granting driver's licenses to immigrants living in Minnesota illegally. A 2018 deadline for upgraded IDs to board domestic flights sparked alarm about travel disruptions.
Lawmakers finally reached a compromise this week and the House and Senate passed the bill Wednesday.
Gov. Mark Dayton has indicated he'll sign it. Minnesota would be among the last states to comply with the 2005 law meant to combat terrorism.
The state expects to start issuing the upgraded IDs sometime next year.