You've heard about REAL ID off and on for a while now. But many are wondering what they should do if their license expires this summer.

Minnesotans will be able to apply for a REAL ID beginning October 1.

Those with a driver's license that expires before that date are encouraged to renew it as you normally would.

The Department of Public Safety says because the REAL ID cards will be issued later this year, motorists can use a standard driver's license for travel until 2020.

If you want to renew now but also get your REAL ID before your license next expires, you can do so for an additional small fee ranging from $2 to $6 depending on expiration date.

One advantage of doing so is an additional four years added to your expiration date.

-- KEYC News 12