ACT NOW ON REAL ID
People rely on air transportation for a wide variety of reasons: to do business; visit family and friends; gain access to medical facilities, colleges or services; or take the family on vacation. Air service is so vital, in fact, that Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport generates more than $10 billion annually for the Minnesota economy.
Yet, if the Minnesota Legislature does not take action this year to bring Minnesota standard issue driver license into compliance with the federal REAL ID act, then as of Jan. 22, fake ids 2018, Minnesotans without other, REAL ID compliant identification such as a passport or enhanced Minnesota driver license will not be able to fly. Additionally, Minnesotans with standard driver licenses and state IDs will continue to be denied access to federal agencies, military bases and nuclear power plants.
As chairman of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, I believe it is vital that state lawmakers pass legislation this session to bring Minnesota into compliance with the federal REAL ID Act.
How did we get in this dilemma? Congress passed REAL ID legislation after the 9 11 terrorist attacks as part of a broader effort to strengthen security in the United States. In 2009, well intentioned Minnesota lawmakers with concerns about federal REAL ID requirements passed legislation prohibiting state officials not only from implementing REAL ID requirements but even from planning how we would do so. Last year, Scannable Fake IDs state legislators partially lifted that ban, allowing officials to plan but not implement changes that would bring Minnesota into compliance. Everyone had good intentions; there were genuine reservations about the federal regulations. But the fact is, every other state except Missouri and Montana is in compliance. Not Minnesota.
For Minnesotans, time is running out. State lawmakers need to act now to approve implementation of REAL ID requirements if residents are to have any chance of flying using their standard issue driver license as identification when we reach the January 2018 deadline. Most states have already acted to ensure their residents can use their standard driver license as identification to board a domestic flight. It time Minnesota does so, as well. fake ids