ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota residents don’t need to worry about trouble boarding flights next year: Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a bill complying with Real ID into law.

Minnesota was the final holdout in meeting stricter federal ID standards. Lawmakers struggled for years to pass a bill, raising the prospect of residents being turned away from domestic flights when the federal government requires the new IDs starting in January.

But the Legislature finally reached a deal this week, sending a bill to Dayton’s desk Wednesday. Dayton signed the bill Thursday morning.

Dayton praised the Legislature for finally passing what he called critical legislation.

Its passage allows the state to get an extension to continue using standard driver’s licenses until October 2020. State officials expect to begin issuing the new IDs sometime next year.

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Comments (4)
  1. Tim Neumann says:

    But the provision not to allow ILLEGAL immigrants to obtain a valid state ID (Driver’s License) was shoved off into another bill, that Dayton vetoed. So don’t be fooled by this slight-of-hand trick.

  2. Dayton has no respect for the real working people of Minnesota. He only does things that further a DFL socialist agenda. Dayton hates people in Minnesota who are not part of a public government backed union.

  3. I see they spun it on Republicans claiming some illegal immigrant witchhunt was the hold up instead of the reality which was a provision Democrats wanted for making illegals eligible for a license.

  4. Thank God illegals and terrorists are still first in line at the welfare office, Drivers License Bureau, and voting booths here in the Socialist Welfare Village. No ID required.