A controversial bill that would put Minnesota driver’s licenses in compliance with federal law was narrowly passed by the Committee on Transportation Finance.
Some object to the federal government making requirements on state-issued licenses. Others object to the specific way the bill is written.
If the House bill became law, it would create two tracks for new Minnesota driver’s licenses. One would meet all the federal standards and could be used for any federal purpose. The other, called a non-compliant license, would not.
Issuing the non-compliant license would allow Minnesotans who chose to do so to opt out of the extra security measures needed for the federally approved Real ID license.