Recent Driver and Vehicle Services News
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.
Minnesota and the Federal REAL ID Act
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is in the planning process to upgrade Minnesota driver's licenses in order to comply with the federal REAL ID Act. Gov. Dayton signed a bill into law in March 2016, allowing this process to begin; however, lawmakers did not pass a bill to make Minnesota driver's licenses compliant in the last legislative session.
Minnesota is currently noncompliant with the federal REAL ID Act.
What that means right now:
Minnesotans who plan to visit federal facilities, nuclear power plants and military bases will need to show an alternative form of ID in addition to their state driver's license. Contact the agency in charge of the location you plan to visit to confirm what alternative forms of identification are accepted. One option might be a Minnesota Enhanced Driver's License (EDL).
What that means in the future, according to the federal Dept. of Homeland Security:
- Now until Jan. 22, 2018
- The TSA says it will continue to accept Minnesota driver's licenses as a form of identification to board domestic flights.
- Jan. 23, 2018 through Oct. 1, 2020
- Licenses from all compliant states (or noncompliant states with an extension) will be accepted. Minnesota is currently noncompliant and has not been granted an extension by the federal government.
- People with licenses from noncompliant states without extensions, such as Minnesota, will need to show another form of ID, such as a passport or EDL, to board a flight.
More REAL ID facts can be found on the DHS website.
New Law: 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 takes 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.
Proof of Citizenship for CDL Renewals Change Effective July 1, 2015
Beginning 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
- 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.
Commercial Driver's License, Permit Requirements Changing May 4
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration law changes will impact Minnesotans applying for a Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) and current Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders whose licenses are up for renewal. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Driver and Vehicle Services (DPS/DVS) is implementing changes to ensure the state and CDL holders are in compliance with federal law.
Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) Changes
To apply for a CLP, Minnesotans currently must:
Beginning May 4, Minnesotans will ALSO need the following in order to apply:
Proof of citizenship or permanent residency (U.S. passport, birth certificate, permanent residency card). If the name on your U.S. passport, birth certificate or permanent residency card has changed you must also present proof of your legal name change(s). Acceptable proof consists of unexpired employment authorization document issued by USCIS or an unexpired foreign passport accompanied by an approved I-94 form, certified marriage certificates, certified divorce decrees or other certified court orders. Divorce decrees or other court orders must specify the name change. Your identity and name change documents need to show a clear link between your citizenship or permanent residency document and your current name.
Valid Medical Examiner Certificate (if applicable)
CLP holders will be required to have their permit for 14 calendar days before taking the CDL road test (The 14-day waiting period will not apply to those who received their CLP between now and May 1).
CLP holders will be subject to the same disqualifying offenses as CDL holders. This includes alcohol use, drug use and traffic violations.
Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Changes
Beginning in July, CDL holders renewing their license will also need to provide proof of citizenship or permanent residency.
There will also be new restrictions on commercial vehicles used for the CDL road test, effective May 4, 2015:
Drivers taking the CDL test in a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) with an automatic transmission will not be allowed to operate a CMV with a standard transmission.
If a driver does not take the road test in a tractor-semi-trailer, they will be restricted to other Class A vehicle combinations.
Drivers taking the road test to earn a passenger or school bus endorsement will be restricted to the size of bus.
Change to online service fee
Effective January 14, 2015, the service fee for online renewal payments made by credit card is 2.49% of the total amount. ACH payments charge a service fee of $1.50. This fee is separate from other fees collected at the time of renewal, such as registration tax and filing fees. The service fee offsets the cost associated with processing electronic payments.
The service fee only applies to electronic (online) transactions. Customers who do not wish to pay the additional service fee may renew their registration by mail or in person at a deputy registrar office.
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.
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