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
Director Dawn Olson has been with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety since 2006, but she began her public service career with the North Dakota Department of Transportation in 1993. There she worked as traffic safety project manager and program manager until moving to Minnesota and starting her career at MN DPS.
Director Olson worked in the department’s Office of Traffic safety for a year before moving to Driver and Vehicle Services. She started in administration and moved around the organization, learning more about the different program areas. She was appointed Director of Driver and Vehicle Services in February 2016.
Director Olson has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from North Dakota State University.
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