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Plan Now for Your Teen's Road Test

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It seems like just yesterday they were learning to ride a bike – and now your teen is learning to drive a car. If you’re hoping they’ll get their road test before school starts (or even before the snow flies), you’re not alone. Many other families across Minnesota are looking to do the same thing. In fact, since the beginning of 2019, an average of 494 people have taken a class D road test every weekday in Minnesota. So you’ll want to start planning now.

Learn how in the latest DPS blog.



Updated Minnesota REAL ID Resources Available

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Minnesotans with questions about REAL ID and the upcoming enforcement deadline of Oct. 1, 2020, can look to updated resources on the REAL ID website. The REAL ID brochure and fact sheet serve as a quick guide for the public when deciding if a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or identification card is right for them.

Consider a REAL ID now or when you renew your license or ID card prior to Oct. 1, 2020.



Independent Expert Review Recommends Replacing MNLARS with a Packaged Software Solution

​Following an independent review of Minnesota's Vehicle Licensing and Registration System (MNLARS), the chair of the Independent Expert Review is recommending replacing MNLARS with a packaged software solution.

​Governor Walz signed HF 861 into law, which called for an independent expert review of MNLARS to be conducted by the chair of an independent expert review panel. The review was conducted by private sector IT professionals and released on May 1, 2019. The full report is available on the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division (DPS-DVS) website.

 

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.