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Posted on: June 27, 2022

Airline travelers will need REAL ID by May 2023

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Airline travelers at the Minot International Airport will soon need to show a driver’s license or identification card with a yellow star on it, indicating that it is a REAL ID-compliant credential.

The new REAL IDs will be required starting May 3, 2023. Recent statistics show that approximately 50 percent of eligible North Dakotans have not yet upgraded their driver’s license or government-issued ID card to the REAL ID version.

“There’s a simple way to know if you have a REAL ID or not,” Minot International Airport Director Jennifer Eckman said. “If there’s a yellow star in the upper right corner, it’s a REAL ID. If there isn’t a star, you’ll need to upgrade to a REAL ID by May 3, 2023, in order to board a commercial airliner.”

To obtain a REAL ID-compliant license, individuals need to visit their local Driver’s License Office. The Minot office is located at 2001 17th Street SE; it is open from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. All North Dakota sites are conducting operations by appointment only. Appointments may be made online at or by calling 1-855-633-6835.

To obtain a REAL ID-compliant license, individuals will need to bring certain documents to prove U.S. citizenship and North Dakota residency. Required documents include one proof of identity, one proof of legal presence, two proofs of North Dakota residency, one proof of your Social Security number, and a current driver’s license.

Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the federal government set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, including driver’s licenses. REAL ID implements security processes designed to reduce identity fraud, and is approved to board a commercial flight or for access to military bases and some federal offices. The REAL ID does not replace a passport used for international travel.

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