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Recent Driver and Vehicle Services News

  

REAL ID Available to Minnesotans Beginning Next Year

Minnesotans will be able to get REAL ID compliant driver's licenses and ID cards next year under a law signed by Gov. Dayton on May 18. The new law requires Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services to begin issuing licenses compliant with the federal REAL ID Act by Oct. 1, 2018.
 
There is no need to get a new license now unless it's time to renew an expiring license. Minnesotans can continue to use their current driver's license as a form of identification to board domestic flights until Jan. 22, 2018. With the passage of this law, Governor Dayton requested an extension from the federal government on May 19, that "would allow Minnesota's current licenses to be used for all federal purposes, while we complete the steps necessary to provide REAL ID compliant licenses to Minnesota citizens."
 
Background information and next steps can be found on the Office of Communications news page.
 
More REAL ID facts and information can be found on the DHS website.

 

Scam Alert: Reports of Email Scam Citing “Department of Motor Vehicles”

The Blue Earth Police Department has received several reports of an email scam from residents. The email claims to be from the Department of Motor Vehicles and asks for the recipient to pay a traffic violation citation within 72 hours using a link included.

If you receive one of these emails, do not click on the links. If you are cited for a traffic violation, you will receive a copy in person or by mail from a law enforcement agency not via email. Minnesota Courts collect any fines, not Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS).

Contact your local law enforcement agency with questions or to report this scam.

 

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.  

 

​New option for trailer registration

A new law allows recreational and commercial trailers to be registered for up to three years at a time. Owners of trailers that weigh between 3,000 and  7,200 pounds can now choose to purchase a one-year or three-year registration at the time of renewal. For questions, contact Vehicle Services at 651-297-2126 or dvs.motor.vehicles@state.mn.us​

 

Celebrating 125 years of Minnesota State Parks

 
Starting December 1st Minnesotans will be able to sport the brand-new Minnesota State Parks and Trails specialty license plate.

The license plate allows unlimited visits to all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas for an entire year—no additional vehicle permit required. Customers will be supporting Minnesota's most beautiful places, as proceeds from license plate sales go directly to caring for Minnesota state parks and trails.

The new plate costs $60, plus any registration tax that may be due and state/deputy filing fees. This includes a $10 fee for the plate itself and a minimum $50 donation which renews annually. If you'd like, you may make an additional donation when you purchase the plate.

Proceeds from the sale of this specialty plate will be used to support the operations and maintenance of Minnesota state parks and trails. This includes any additional donation you may choose to make. 

 

Remember: Insurance Information Required to Register Motor Vehicles

Minnesotans who are registering, renewing license tabs or transferring ownership of motor vehicles and motorcycles will need to provide insurance information under a law change that took effect on Jan. 1, 2016.
Every owner will need to provide the following information:
  • Name of insurance company
  • Policy number
  • Expiration date of the policy
 
 

A Roadmap for Driving Later in Life

In collaboration with AAA and Mobility for Minnesota’s Aging Population (MMAP), the Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services Division (DVS) is pleased to announce a new special report for older drivers and their loved ones. The publication dispels myths, provides facts, and lists several available resources regarding older drivers. View the Twin Cities Business Special Publication, “A Roadmap for Driving Later in Life,” now available online.

 

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

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 drivers 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.