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What you will (and won’t) notice with MNDRIVE

Nov. 16, 2020

Driver and Vehicle servics office in St. PaulIf you’re registering your vehicle online or at your local deputy registrar or driver’s license office, or applying for a new title today, you probably won’t notice a difference from the last time you had such a transaction. But there’s a new vehicle services system working behind the scenes to make sure vehicle services are processed smoothly and efficiently.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division (DPS-DVS) launched a new vehicle services system, Minnesota Drive (MNDRIVE), today. The new system replaces the Minnesota License and Registration System (MNLARS). And as part of the rollout, DPS-DVS upgraded the driver services system (FastDS).

Most online services are once again available. DPS-DVS exam stations, deputy registrar offices and driver’s license offices are reopening today, and all driver and vehicle services are available.

If you do visit your local office for services, please remember to be patient. The way staff members enter information into the new system to process each transaction has changed. Staff are adjusting and may require a bit of extra time.

MNDRIVE includes some changes you may notice when buying a car or submitting documents. For example:

  • The new system replaces the paper 21-day temporary permit with a new temporary license plate. This temporary license plate is printed on a special paper at the dealership, and it attaches to the vehicle where the permanent plate goes.
  • The system makes it possible to upload and submit documents required for some vehicle service transactions online, eliminating the need to visit an office.
  • There’s also a newly designed disability parking certificate.
  • The system will also accurately calculate registration taxes and fees to ensure you’re paying the correct amount.

So even though you may not notice many changes as you look for vehicle services at your local office or online, know that the new MNDRIVE system is working in the background to make sure you get the services you need.