Lawmakers Taking Steps to Upgrade Minnesota Driver’s Licenses

House Republicans say they will pass a bill that sets necessary upgrades to Minnesota driver’s licenses. 

Rep. Dennis Smith told reporters Tuesday that the house will take up a bill that would launch a study on how to comply with the boosted standards in the Real ID Act. Upgraded licenses will be necessary to board domestic flights by October of 2020. 

Smith says the House will give the Department of Public Safety a little more time to gather information for lawmakers.  The Senate will need to approve before it heads to Governor Mark Dayton.  Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk says he will. 

The study is just the first step. Lawmakers will need to pass the ID changes later this session. 

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