The Minnesota Senate on Thursday approved major changes to the state’s driver’s licenses and identification cards to comply with federal law.
Minnesota had long resisted the changes, required by the federal Real ID Act, but Washington has said it would require federally approved driver’s license and identification by 2020 in order to get through airport security and for other purposes. That got state leaders moving to adopt the changes.
On Thursday, the Senate voted 48-16 to give Minnesotans a choice between Real ID-compliant licenses and standard licenses starting in 2018. The standard licenses could not be used for federal purposes. The House is expected to follow with its own version of the bill early next week.
“It’s kind of the expectation of Minnesotans that they just be able to use their regular license as they do today,” said Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis and the sponsor of the Real ID move.