MN, Get the Right Driver's License!

Minnesotans, you've heard about this whole Real ID, Enhanced Driver's License, and regular license thing, right?

You betcha I was confused! Which one should I get? Why does it even matter? How will it effect me?

And just like winter, 

October 1st, 2020 is coming.

So I did a little research. I went to 3 local DMV’s, I looked at the DMV website, I dove through all the paperwork for all 3 choices, and here is what I discovered.

Comparison of what all the driver's licenses do for you.

Here is What You Should Notice About Each License.

  1. Do you go fishing up north?
    • If that includes Canada, you need your passport or an Enhanced Driver’s License!
  2. Like to cruise?
    • You need your passport or an Enhanced License to get on the ship!
  3. Only American Citizens can get the Enhanced Driver’s ID.
    • Anybody with the document requirements can get the Real ID or regular license.
  4. And the BIGGEST one that will effect EVERYONE:
    • If you EVER PLAN TO LEAVE MINNESOTA, you need to have a passport , Real ID, or an Enhanced Driver’s License to fly!

Need a passport, Real ID, or an Enhanced Driver's License!

Need a passport, Real ID, or an Enhanced Driver's License!

Need a passport, Real ID, or an Enhanced Driver's License!

I was shocked that you need to have a Real ID, an Enhanced Driver’s License, or a passport to fly anywhere in the US! I shouldn’t need a passport to travel within the US! 

And it seems pretty unlikely that I’ll never leave Minnesota. Between family, weddings, reunions funerals, I’m bound to leave at some point! What if there is an emergency, and I need to get somewhere quickly? Sometimes, driving just isn’t fast enough!

Basically, you need a Real ID or Enhanced Driver's License to leave Minnesota.

I’m not gonna lie, I was frustrated. Why do I need a whole new license by October 1st, 2020 in the first place?

Well, according to this DMV website, waaaaay back in 2005, Congress passed the Real ID Act to raise security standards and prevent terrorism. Minnesota pushed this off in the past by getting extensions, but we are all out of extensions now.

So, How Do I Get My New License?

 Find your local DMV that can process the Enhanced Driver’s License or Real ID

(Not all of them can, so you need to check!)

Get all your documentation together!

(I compiled a quick cheat sheet to help you keep track of the documentation you need for your Real ID or Enhanced Driver’s License!

Bring cash or check to pay for your new license.

  • Enhanced Driver’s License is around $66.00

  • Real ID is around $58.00

  • Regular Driver’s License is around $51.00

***Quick caveat. I am not a government employee, nor do I work for the DMV. You should always double check the information with the DMV Website, because they will have the most accurate and updated information. ***

Get Your License Before Oct. 1st, 2020!

I really hope this helps you figure out which MN license you need, and how to get it!

It would be such a shame if so many Minnesotans get stuck at an airport or a border, simply because they didn’t know to get the Enhanced or Real ID license!

To make sure that doesn’t happen, please share this with everyone you know! 

No Minnesotan Left Behind! 😄

And of course, if you have any questions, or tips for others on getting the right MN license, please comment below!

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