While the deadline requiring a Real ID to board a commercial flight has been extended to October 1, 2021, the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is making it easier for current travelers to obtain this identification well in advance of implementation. Eliminating a trip to your local DVS, deputy registrar or driver’s license agent office, the airport recently re-opened a Real ID office near the entrance to Concourse G in Terminal 1. The office had closed earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Complete details about how to submit your application are available at drive.mn.gov. However, the rules in general require the submission of your application, by appointment only, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Minnesota residents should make an appointment at the Terminal 1 office which is across from the Stone Arch restaurant when pre-applying for the ID. There is also the requirement that you are a ticketed passenger departing from, or arriving at MSP, on the day of your appointment.
Again, effective October 1st of next year, a REAL ID or other acceptable form of identification such as a valid passport, will be required to board all domestic commercial flights.
In other news from MSP…..
MSP’s Lost and Found is now Digital
The link above is for the new landing page to file a report for lost and found items at the MSP International Airport. By first completing the online form about your lost item(s), you will be able to give a detailed description for airport staff to begin the search. This site is good not only for items you may have misplaced somewhere in Terminal 1 or Terminal 2 at MSP, say at a gate, in a restaurant or while seated in the shopping area, but is also where you can advise of something you may have inadvertently left at a TSA security checkpoint.
Additionally, travelers who in the rush to deplane left an item onboard an aircraft can also make their claim on the lost and found page, no matter which airline flew you to MSP. The site is easy to navigate and is the best way to hopefully be reunited with your lost possessions.
Should you prefer, or still need to speak with a live person, the Lost and Found office is located in Terminal 1 before security, mid-terminal on the lower/baggage claim level. The office phone is 612-726-5141.