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A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety
 

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DPS-DVS is offering weekend road tests through the end of the year at metro exam stations

Cars lined up for road tests

​More than 3,000 Minnesotans will take the Class D road test on weekends in November and December at metro exam stations. DPS-DVS is offering the additional Saturday and Sunday appointments in an effort to reduce wait times while devloping a long-term solution to meet the needs of Minnesotans wanting to earn driving privileges.

All weekend appointments are booked at this time.

The DVS metro exam stations in Arden Hills, Eagan and Plymouth are open Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. now through Dec. 22, in addition to regular Monday through Friday hours. These extended weekend hours are dedicated to fulfilling Class D road test appointments. No other services are available during these hours. More information is available on this FAQ page.

Reminder: Minnesota Law Requires Both Front and Rear License Plates on Most Vehicles

Minnesota Statute 169.79 requires owners to display front and rear license plates on most vehicles. The following vehicles are allowed to display one plate under Minnesota law:

  • Motorcycles
  • Trailers
  • Collector vehicles
  • Vehicles manufactured in 1972 or earlier

DVS issues a set of plates to the vehicle owner when they're registering a vehicle that requires two license plates.

DVS to Discontinue Standing Appointments for Class D Road Tests

DPS-DVS is discontinuing standing appointments for Class D road tests that have been made by commercial driving schools effective Jan. 1, 2020.

DPS-DVS requested that the Minnesota Management and Budget's Management Analysis and Development (MAD) team conduct a study of the practice. In its report, MAD "strongly recommends that DVS end all standing appointments for Class D driver's license skills tests. The practice fails to positively affect exam station efficiency and capacity."

DVS is working with driving schools to convert their current standing appointments in November and December to the DVS scheduling system.​

 

Reminder: Deferred Enforced Departure and Temporary Protected Status Documentation Requirements

If you qualify for the Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) or Temporary Protected Status extension and need to renew your license, please provide a copy of your Employment Authorization Document (EAD) indicating your country of birth to your local Driver's License Agent Office. The agent will take your expired employement authorization document and submit to DVS for review during processing.

If you have any questions about your documentation status please visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service website.​ 

​How to Request an Audit on Access of your Driver's License Information

Complete and submit the Audit Request Form to Driver and Vehicle Services, Data Services. Read more on requesting an audit of your driver's license or motor vehicle information.​​

Advisory: DMV.org is a Private Business and is not Affiliated with DVS or the Department of Public Safety

 

DMV.org is a for-profit website that is privately owned and not affiliated with Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services or any other government agency. DVS does not provide any data to DMV.org. Third-party websites are allowed to renew registration for other people if the registration holder gives permission and provides a plate number, VIN number and insurance information. Many of these websites charge a fee, in addition to the registration renewal fee, for the service.

DVS offers online registration renewal for standard passenger class vehicles. Information about that and other online services is available here.​

 

Proof of Citizenship for CDL Renewals

As of July 1, 2015, all drivers renewing their CDL will be required to provide a document from the following list that meets the proof of citizenship requirement.

  • Valid, unexpired U.S. passport or passport card 
  • Certified copy of birth certificate from any U.S. state 
  • Consular report of birth abroad issued by the U.S. Department or state 
  • Certificate of Naturalization or Certificate of Citizenship issued by U.S. Department of Homeland Security 
  • Valid unexpired Permanent Resident Card
    Or
  • Unexpired employment authorization document issued by USCIS or an unexpired foreign passport accompanied by an approved I-94 form.

If the name on the above document is different from the current name on the CDL, the customer must also present proof of the legal name change(s). Acceptable proof consists of certified marriage certificates, certified divorce decrees or other certified court orders. Divorce decrees or other court orders must specify the name change. Identity and name change documents need to show a clear link between the citizenship or permanent residency document and the current name.

This federally mandated requirement for DVS to record this information to the record is a one-time occurrence.

Advisory

The website “MinnesotaDriversLicense.org” is a private business organization and is in no way affiliated with the Driver and Vehicle Services Division of the Department of Public Safety. You are not able to renew your driver's license or register your vehicle on this website! The website charges a fee to purchase a guide, not a license.

To renew your license, register your vehicle, and other service, you must visit an official DVS agent or deputy registrar’s office. Do not pay money for license renewals, tabs or other services to any unauthorized organization.

For official information from the state’s Driver and Vehicle Services Division, visit the homepage.