Domestic Flight ID Information - AAA Minneapolis

Domestic flights and your MN driver's license/ID Card

The following are frequently asked questions related to domestic air travel, the new Federal identification standards, and your Minnesota Driver’s License:


Q:  Can I use my driver’s license to board an aircraft?

A:  YES.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is in the process of scheduling plans for implementing REAL ID enforcement at the airports. DHS will ensure that the traveling public has ample notice (at least, 120 days) before any changes are made that might affect their travel planning. Until enforcement at the airports begins, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will continue to accept state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards from all states, as well other forms of acceptable identification listed on the TSA website, click on the link below.


Q: What is the REAL ID Act?

A:  REAL ID is a coordinated effort by the states and the Federal Government to improve the reliability and accuracy of state-issued identification documents, which should inhibit terrorists’ ability to evade detection by using fraudulent identification. REAL ID implements a 9/11 Commission recommendation urging the federal government to “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.”

DHS is implementing REAL ID through a period of phased enforcement over the next several years. In particular, the date for implementing the prohibition on boarding aircraft travel will be set after an evaluation of earlier phases and will not occur sooner than 2016.   For more Real ID information click on the link below for DHS.


Q: What does the REAL ID Act require?

A:  The REAL ID Act of 2005 establishes minimum standards for the production and issuance of state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards.  Prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for official uses driver’s licenses and identity cards from states unless the Department of Homeland Security determines that the state meets the standards. Official uses are defined as accessing Federal facilities, entering nuclear power plants, and boarding federally-regulated commercial aircraft.


Q: When will the REAL ID Act be effective?

A: No date has been set at this time.  DHS will ensure that the traveling public has ample notice (at least, 120 days) before any changes are made that might affect their travel planning


Q:  What other forms of ID will work to board a domestic flight?

A:  Valid Passport or and Enhanced DL/ID card.  Our travel department recommends obtaining a passport which is valid for worldwide travel and lasts 10 years.


Q: Can I get an Enhanced DL/ID card at AAA Minneapolis?

A: No. At this time we are not able to process Enhanced DL/ID cards.  Please click on the link below for DVS for information on locations and what documents are needed when applying for an Enhanced DL/ID.  


For more information on this and other issues related to the REAL ID Act and its impact on domestic airline travel, we recommend the following websites:

  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA) – Security Screening and Identification page, featuring information on acceptable forms of Identification for boarding a plane.


  • Homeland Security (DHS) – Frequently asked questions (FAQ) page featuring REAL ID program information that would be useful to the public.


  • Driver & Vehicle Services (DVS) – The Minnesota Department of Public Safety page for online motor vehicle self-service and related vehicle and licensing information.