Enhanced Driver’s Licenses coming to Minnesota

Surge of applications comes after request for extension denied

A dispute between Minnesota and the federal government over state identification cards continues.

The disagreement has recently led to a surge in applications for so-called enhanced driver’s licenses.

A law passed back in 2005 tightened the standards for state-issued ID cards, and the Department of Homeland Security denied Governor Mark Dayton’s most recent request for an extension to achieve the new standards, which has led to a large increase in applications for the enhanced driver’s licenses.

More than 3,000 applications have been sent in this month alone, which is nearly a quarter of all applications since early 2014.

“The issue here is what is necessary to be done to bring Minnesota into necessary compliance so that citizens of our state can board airplanes and enter federal buildings and have the access they need to federal facilities,” said Governor Dayton.

Governor Dayton would like to call a Special Session next month if lawmakers can agree.

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