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

Office Hours

AGE office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.​

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.

Beginning Aug. 9, 2021, AGE office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

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

In-person background check services are available at the BCA. Fingerprinting services are available BY APPOINTMENT only. 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 follow current CDC face covering guidance while in the building. Space for social distancing in the lobby is limited; please do not bring others with you.

Applicants must have a valid government-issued identification (State issued driver’s license or ID, U.S. Passport, U.S. Active Duty/Retiree/Reservist Military ID, etc.). If your ID is expired, remember to bring your renewal slip or you will not be able to get fingerprinted.​​

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.


  • 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 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.

        • 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 Office of Justice Programs continues to offer all services and support remotely, however, the physical office remains closed. OJP staff are checking emails and phone messages regularly. Mail is being processed on a limited basis, so some responses may be delayed. Thank you for your patience during this time.​ 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​.

        Social Media​

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