DPS Response to COVID-19

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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

Licensing Continues

​There are many challenges we are all facing during this difficult time. Our licensing staff remains available for questions and we will continue to process new liquor licenses and renewals. All on-site inspections that are currently scheduled will take place.

Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

BCA In-Person Background Check Services Reopen; Fingerprinting Available By Appointment Only

​In-person background check services are again available at the BCA. Fingerprinting services for critical infrastructure positional are also available BY APPOINTMENT only, until further notice. The BCA has made this temporary change to help ensure social distancing for members of the public and BCA staff. The BCA will continue to process background checks that are mailed. To request an appointment for fingerprinting services, please call 651-793-2410.

Individuals coming to the BCA for fingerprinting or background checks are asked to wear a face covering in the building. Space for social distancing in the lobby is limited; please do not bring others with you.

Driver and Vehicle Services

Open deputy registrar and driver’s license agent offices and DVS exam stations are listed on the DVS locations page. Services and hours vary by location. If services are not listed for the office you would like to visit, please call the office to find out what services they are offering.

Reminders

  • If you are not vaccinated please put on a mask before entering a DVS exam station. If you are fully vaccinated you do not need to wear a mask.​

    • You are required to complete a wellness check before entering a DVS exam station.

      • Appointments are required for in-person class D knowledge t​ests. Schedule your appointment, or take the test online at drive.mn.gov. DWI, commercial and motorcycle ​​knowledge tests are available at exam stations on a first-come-first-served basis.

        • Appointments are required for road tests. Schedule yours online at drive.mn.gov.

          • If you need to apply for or renew a driver's license or ID card:​

            • You can renew your standard driver's license or ID card online at drive.mn.gov if you don't need any changes.

            • You can apply for your standard driver’s license or ID, REAL ID or enhanced driver's license or ID in person at an open deputy registrar, driver's license agent office or DVS exam stations.

          • Deputy registrar and driver's license agent offices are independently owned and operated and some require appointments for service. Find office information below.

          More information about affected services and answers to frequently asked questions.

          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

          • In-office inspections are being conducted remotely. 
          • Field inspections are conducted as necessary. 
          • 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. All of our teams have also implemented the use of PPE. Most other work is being done by telework without going on-site.​

          Available Services

          All regular services, including fire investigations and inspections, are available. Some in-person training has resumed.


          More about inspections:​
          More about investigations and how to contact an investigator is available on this page​​.  


          ​​Contact Us

          To contact us online or by telephone, please visit our Contact page​.

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