The pandemic changed a lot of things – including some of the things agencies and people do every day. Some of those new procedures seem to be sticking around for good. For example, think about how often you wash and sanitize your hands now, or how it's not surprising to see someone out in public in a mask. But in other cases, we're going back to business as usual.
Renewing your standard license online falls into the latter category. When it became clear that spending time indoors long enough to renew a standard driver's license could be dangerous, the Minnesota State Legislature passed
a temporary law waiving the requirement for a new photo or eye test as long as your name, address, signature and driver's license number haven't changed. As long as the Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division (DPS-DVS) had your photo and record of passing the eye exam on file, you could renew your standard license online.
The law did exactly what it was supposed to do: It enabled over 370,000 class D driver's license holders, 201 seasonal commercial driver's license holders, and 323 standard commercial driver's license holders to renew online during the pandemic. But the law had an expiration date built in, and it's just around the corner: June 30, 2021. After that, you'll need to renew in person.
If you need to renew your standard Minnesota driver's license or ID and your name, address, signature and driver's license number aren't changing, you still have a few days to
renew online. Once July 1 rolls around,
find your nearest DVS or deputy registrar office and renew it there.
Remember that renewing online is (and always has been) for standard licenses only. To apply for or renew a REAL, enhanced or commercial driver's license or ID, check out our
Driver's License Information page, which will give you more information about each type. You can also
pre-apply online, thus reducing the time you'll spend in a DPS-DVS office in person.
The pandemic has definitely left our world a different place — but some things are going back to the way they were. Come June 30, renewing your standard Minnesota driver's license is one of them.