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DPS Response to COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety has adjusted or limited some services. Refer to the sections below for updates on services listed by DPS division.

Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement

  • Our licensing staff remains available and will continue to process new liquor licenses and renewals.
  • All on-site inspections that are currently scheduled will take place. As more information becomes available about COVID-19, the inspection schedule could change.

Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

BCA Closed to the Public

The BCA closed to the public on Monday, March 30, and will remain closed to the public until further notice. The BCA has made this temporary change to help ensure social distancing for members of the public and BCA staff.​

Driver and Vehicle Services

DPS-DVS Reopening 16 Exam Stations May 19; Changes in Place in Light of COVID-19 Pandemic

Minnesotans will once again be able to access the majority of driver and vehicle services starting May 19 at 8 a.m. The exam stations reopening are: St. Paul, Arden Hills, Anoka, Eagan, Plymouth, Rochester, Mankato, Fairmont (road tests only, opening May 26), Marshall, Willmar, Detroit Lakes, St. Cloud, Brainerd, Duluth, Grand Rapids, and Bemidji.

Minnesotans can complete these services at open exam stations May 19-22:  knowledge tests, permit applications, motorcycle and CDL road tests and evaluation services. Exam stations will be open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Independently owned and operated deputy registrar and driver’s license agent offices will be able to open their doors to customers, at 50 percent occupancy with social distancing measures in place, May 18.

DPS-DVS is planning to resume Class D road tests on May 26, with those who had their appointments canceled during the stay at home order given priority. New class D road test appointments are not available to the public at this time. 

More information is outlined in a recent news release.

Office of Justice Programs

​The OJP offices are currently closed, but all services and support continue to be offered remotely. Staff will be checking emails and phone messages regularly. We will be processing mail on a very limited basis, so some responses may be delayed. Visit the OJP Staff Contacts page for contact information.

Office of Pipeline Safety

Available Services

  • Non-critical inspections are being done remotely.
  • Inspectors are responding to accidents and incidents in the field as needed.  
  • Minnesotans should still call 811 at least two business days before they dig. Utility companies are still coming out to mark utilities.

Office of Traffic Safety

 The Office of Traffic Safety is continuing to operate with staff working remotely. Staff contact information is available on the OTS Staff Contacts page.

State Fire Marshal

All teams working in the field are practicing social distancing, generally working one-on-one or in very small groups, and continuing with good hand washing practices. Some of our teams have also implemented use of PPE, especially those in health care. Most other work is being done by telework without going on-site.​

Available Services

Fire inspections

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