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Appointments Required for Class D Knowledge Testing Beginning July 13

​Minnesotans will need to have an appointment to take a class D knowledge test at any of the 14 open DVS exam stations beginning July 13. DVS exam stations will not accept walk-ins for class D knowledge tests. 

Minnesotans can schedule an appointment online at​ by selecting Schedule or Reschedule an Exam and following the prompts.

Commercial knowledge testing and the motorcycle knowledge test will continue to be offered on a first-come-first-served basis. 

Anyone who cannot keep an appointment should cancel their appointment with as much notice as possible, so that appointment can be given to someone else. 

Read more in a recent news release.

We Need Your Help to Prevent Smoking-Related Fire Deaths

2020 Smoking Related Fire Deaths: 11 fatalities, average age 59, 35 total fire fatalities

Wouldn’t it be nice if all the other bad stuff went away while we fought a pandemic? That way we could focus all our time and energy on staying safe from COVID-19 without worrying what else 2020 would bring us. But that’s not how the virus works, and that’s not how fire works, either. Case in point: The number of people who have died in fires this year (35) is up 35 percent compared with this time last year, according to preliminary numbers. Whether or not you’re a smoker, you can help prevent smoking-related fire deaths.

Learn how in our latest blog.

Minnesota Driver’s Manual Updated; Provides Specific Guidance to Motorists with Firearms

Minnesota Driver's Manual

The Minnesota Driver’s Manual has been updated to include information on what drivers and law enforcement should expect during a traffic stop, particularly when a driver has a firearm.

Valerie Castile advocated for the addition to the manual to encourage consistency in traffic stops by law enforcement and ensure that drivers know what to expect. Castile’s son, Philando, died four years ago today after a Falcon Heights police officer shot him during a traffic stop. Philando Castile informed the officer that he was legally carrying a firearm.

View the existing and new language starting on page 40 in the Minnesota Driver’s Manual.

Read more about the change in a recent news release.

​​DPS Limits Some Services in Response to COVID-19

Stay Safe MN.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) has adjusted or limited some services. For the latest service updates, visit our DPS Response to COVID-19 page.

DPS is continuing to operate with many staff members working remotely to ensure social distancing.

Thank you for your patience as we all work together to get through this situation.