On Wednesday, October 18, 2017, Governor Mark Dayton announced that the Federal Government has granted Minnesota residents an extension through October, 10, 2018, to comply with the Real ID law.    This means that Minnesota residents may continue to use their driver’s license and identification cards for air travel within the United States.

Previously, the Federal Government had only issued the extension until January, 22, 2018, which could have been a real issue for those residents traveling out of state to warmer winter climates for vacation!

This new extension will give the State of Minnesota additional time to implement Real ID with their new Enhanced Driver’s Licenses.   Keep in mind that you can use your Passport Book or Passport Card for identification for air travel and entrance to federal buildings and military bases.

The Murray County Recorder’s Office encourages residents to be proactive on the Real ID compliance and apply for your Passport Card or Passport Book to avoid potential problems with your travel plans for 2018.   The Recorder’s Office is open to accepting applications for either the Passport Book or Card on a daily basis from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.   You may also have your passport photo taken at the Recorder’s Office for a $15 per person.