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Correction: According to Olmsted County licensing staff, it is expected to take 2 to 4 weeks to receive a regular driver's license. Real IDs and enhanced IDs are expected to take 6 to 8 weeks. Any later wait times should be referred to the state office.

MINNESOTA (FOX47) -- Starting Oct. 1, 2020, domestic flyers will need a REAL ID to board their plane. If they don't, they will not be permitted to fly (unless flyers have a passport).

In December, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety released a statement saying that only 9.72 percent of the state was "REAL ID ready."

The paperwork needed to get the REAL ID include: one document proving identity, date of birth and legal presence in the United States, one document proving social security number, and two different documents proving current residency in Minnesota.

State officials are urging residents to use the online portal to pre-register to cut down on the time spent at the Department of Motor Vehicles' offices.

Lines in Rochester have been growing according to officials, "Our office is busy pretty much [8 a.m. to 5 p.m.], we've had some very long lines and I understand that lines are longer at the state's office."

One air traveler, Pat Kerr Tigrett, said she is open to this big change.

"I think we need to pay attention to what we are guided to do and it's not a big deal to me to go and get another one," she said. "I have had my old license for a very long time and I'm delighted to be getting a new one. It's no big deal."

Officials are hearing it takes about two to four weeks to receive a regular driver's license, and 6 to 8 weeks to receive a Real ID or Enhanced ID.

Zach Fuller

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