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Real ID legislation would expand documents for residency verification ahead of Oct. 1 deadline

By: - March 5, 2020 11:51 am

House lawmakers are moving Thursday to quickly expand the types of documents Minnesotans can present to obtain a Real ID. 

Time is running out for a large majority of Minnesotans to obtain a REAL ID ahead of an Oct. 1 enforcement deadline. 

Fewer than 14% of Minnesotans with drivers licenses or identification cards are currently compliant with the federal, post-9/11 security requirement whose enforcement has been continually pushed back. 

The law requires people show either a Real ID or a passport for air travel and visiting certain federal facilities; current Minnesota driver’s licenses and identification cards will no longer be accepted for those instances.

The bill is an effort to address the delays and confusions Minnesotans are facing over the types of documents that can be used to prove residency. 

State Rep. Frank Hornstein, DFL-Minneapolis, will present his legislation in the House Transportation Policy and Finance committee Thursday afternoon. The bill is a bipartisan effort and is co-authored in the Senate GOP Sen. Scott Newman, who chairs the Senate Transportation Finance and Policy committee.

According to a House Research summary, the changes would:

— remove a condition where utility bills and utility hook-up orders are not accepted if two unrelated people are listed

— lengthen the accepted date range for various types of documents (such as utility bills, bank statements, pay stubs, and insurance policies) to a year instead of 90 days

— accept an insurance card

— allow property tax statements and notices from the prior year

— remove the date limitation on vehicle title and property title or deed documents, and

— no longer accept a canceled check or a life insurance policy


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Ricardo Lopez
Ricardo Lopez

Ricardo Lopez was a senior political reporter for the Reformer. Ricardo is not new to Minnesota politics, previously reporting on the Dayton administration and statehouse for The Star Tribune from 2014 to 2017, and the Republican National Convention in 2016. Previously, he was a staff writer at The Los Angeles Times covering the California economy. He's a Las Vegas native who has adopted Minnesota as his home state. In his spare time, he likes to run, cook and volunteer with Save-a-Bull, a Minneapolis dog rescue group.