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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 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.

DPS-DVS reopened some exam stations May 19 to offer limited services. Details are on the DVS locations page.

  • Knowledge tests are only available at DVS exam stations. Appointments are required for class D knowledge tests; walk-ins will not be accepted. You can schedule an appointment online.

  • DVS exam stations will not accept driver’s license renewal or duplicate applications unless an exam is required. Visit your local deputy registrar or driver’s license agent office for that service.

You are required to wear a face mask and complete a wellness screening to enter a DVS exam station.

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. In-person training has been suspended until further notice. 

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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