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Are You REAL ID Ready? DPS Creates New Video to Make Sure You’re Prepared for Oct. 1, 2020

Minnesota REAL ID Be Ready graphicDPS created a new REAL ID video to help Minnesotans understand exactly what they need to do to make sure they’re REAL ID ready by Oct. 1, 2020. The video walks through:

  • The federal REAL ID Act requirements.
  • When you’ll need a REAL ID-compliant card.
  • What documents you’ll need to apply for a REAL ID.

Watch, share and make sure you’re REAL ID ready.​

January REAL ID Update: Nearly 11 Percent of Minnesotans are REAL ID Ready

While more Minnesotans are now REAL ID ready, there are about 3.7 million Minnesota license holders who will need to decide if they need a REAL ID or other​ acceptable form of identification before the federal deadline of Oct. 1, 2020. Approximately 10.72 percent of Minnesota driver's license and identification card holders have a REAL ID-compliant driver's license or ID card. That's up two percent since Nov.1, 2019.

Find the latest statistics and information about how to apply for a REAL ID in the latest REAL ID update.


Veteran Designation on Your Minnesota Credential

​Qualifying individuals can request to have a veteran designation added onto their Minnesota credential at the time of a new license or ID application. To have this designation added the individual must be a veteran as defined by 197.447 and bring proof of honorable discharge in the form of a DD-214 at the time of application.

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


The website “” 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.