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Lives Lost in Traffic Crashes in 2021

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          Jeritt Donald Piotter, Mikayla Ann Sherman, Julie Anne Lizak, Alison Joy Annen, Rhonald Timmothy-Pierre Gant, Travis Michael Kachelmeier Marte, Larry Peter Meyer, Macy Jo Holtan, Anthony Gerald Heitz, John David Benjamin, Natausha Rae Moen, Judith Elizabeth Harlan, Jeremy Drisko Frost

Reported names as of February 2021.

​This year: 100 deaths on Minnesota roads. Prevent tragedy. Drive smart.

Preliminary as of April 21.

What's New?


Distractions Down, Eyes Up While Driving

A driver with their hands on the steering wheel and a smartphone in a dash mounted holder​When we think of distracted driving, most of us think of holding a phone up to our ear or scrolling through our social media feed. But distracted driving takes a lot of different forms. Perhaps it's taking a selfie, like several people ticketed recently. Or it could be steering with your knees while holding a phone with both hands, like a St. Paul man did last year. Distracted driving can entail a messy lunch, noisy passengers, or changing the music. 

Read our latest blog to learn why and how to keep your eyes — and your mind — on the road while driving.

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

Mask Up Minnesota. Stay Safe MN. mn.gov/covid19

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.

Thousands of Minnesotans Still Need to Renew after COVID-19 Driver's License Extensions End

As of April 1, approximately 113,800 people had invalid driver's licenses, instruction permits or ID Cards. Minnesotans who received an extension to renew because​ of COVID-19 and have not yet renewed their driver's license or ID card need to do so right away. Extensions ended March 31.

  • ​Renew online at drive.mn.gov. This is for standard driver's licenses with no changes. A person's record is updated as soon as the online application is complete.

  • Renew in person at a DVS exam station without an appointment or at a driver's license office (many require appointments).​

More information is on the DVS COVID-19 FAQ page.