BISMARCK - The North Dakota Department of Transportation has begun issuing Real ID-compliant credentials, the agency said Tuesday, May 1.

Driver's license offices in Fargo and Minot are scheduled to start issuing the credentials May 21, with Williston and Dickinson set for the following day. Grand Forks will issue them starting May 23 while Jamestown and Devils Lake will begin May 24, according to a news release.

For now, only the Bismarck driver's license location is issuing the Real IDs.

Real ID requirements stem from 9/11 Commission recommendations. Real ID compliant credentials meet "federal standards for physical security and verification of identity and legal presence in the United States," the DOT said.

Starting in October 2020, everyone will be required to have federally approved identification like a Real ID or passport to enter federal facilities or board a domestic flight.

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Obtaining a Real ID-compliant credential is just like applying for a new driver's license, the DOT said. There is no additional cost for a Real ID.