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Driver and Vehicle Services

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety


​What We Do

Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) serves more than 11 million customers annually.

It provides services related to:

• Vehicle ownership, license plates and registration
• Driver education, driver testing and license issuing
• Driver evaluation services
• Driver's licenses
• State identification cards
• Disability license plates and parking certificates
• Motor carrier registration, and fuel tax collection and sharing
• Dealer licensing
• Salvage and reconstructed vehicle inspections
• Collection of crash data
• Requests for vehicle, driver’s license, identification card and crash record data

Related Minnesota Statutes

Chapter 65B: Automobile Insurance
Chapter 168: Vehicle Registration, Taxation, Sale
Chapter 168A: Vehicle Titles
Chapter 168B: Abandoned Motor Vehicles
Chapter 169: Traffic Regulations
Chapter 171: Driver’s Licenses and Training Schools
Chapter 221: Motor Carriers



Emma CorrieDirector Emma Corrie has 21 years of public service experience, including six years at MnDOT where she served as the Operations Division Business Manager. In that role she was responsible for providing overall management and integration of fiscal, administrative, human resources and information resources for the Operations Division, MnDOT’s largest division with eight districts and two offices, $365 million annual operating budget and 3,500 employees.

Director Corrie also served as the Director of Strategic Workforce Initiatives in the Office of Governor Mark Dayton where she developed the MNPathways program that provided career pathway job opportunities into five job classes across 22 state agencies.

She is a founding member of the Public Sector Partnership with city and county partners working to address legacy hiring practices and developing shared career pathway programs and talent pools to build a diverse state, county and municipal workforce.

Director Corrie has served on the Governor’s State Rehabilitation Council and currently serves on the Ramsey County Personnel Review Board and the SWLRT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise & Workforce Advisory Committee.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Business and lives in Saint Paul with her husband and two children.


DVS has 538 employees who staff the central office in St. Paul and the 95 state-operated driver’s license exam stations.

DVS also appoints and oversees 126 independent driver’s license agent offices and 175 independent deputy registrar offices. These offices provide driver’s license application, vehicle title and registration services.

Exam stations, driver's license agent offices, and deputy registrar offices are available throughout the state (see office locations).


Minnesota began issuing license plates in 1902 and driver’s licenses in 1934. In 1970, the Motor Vehicle Division of the Secretary of State’s Office became part of the newly formed Department of Public Safety (DPS). In 1972, the Driver’s License Division of the Highway Department also joined DPS. In January 1977, DPS consolidated the two divisions to form Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS).


DVS works in partnership with:

• Department of Transportation
• Department of Corrections
• Department of Human Services
• American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators
American Automobile Association (AAA Clubs of Minnesota)
• Minnesota Deputy Registrar Association