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What You Need to Know to Visit a Reopened DVS Location

Customers in line outside the St. Paul DVS office

Minnesotans have missed a lot of things during the stay at home order: going to restaurants; spending time with friends and family; seeing movies, shows, and sports. And whether or not you’ve missed going to Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) exam stations, it’s possible you might have some business there now that the Department of Public Safety has reopened 14 exam stations to serve customers statewide. But it’s not exactly business as usual, so you may have a few questions.

This DPS Blog will answer some of your questions about going to a DVS office and show you where to get more information.


DPS-DVS Reopens14 Exam Stations May 19; Changes in Place in Light of COVID-19 Pandemic

DPS-DVS reopened 14 exam stations to serve customers statewide on May 19. 

The Brainerd exam station was scheduled to reopen May 19, but will be delayed due to a fire in Brainerd City Hall. 

These locations are open: St. Paul, Arden Hills, Anoka, Eagan, Plymouth, Rochester, Mankato, Marshall, Willmar, Detroit Lakes, St. Cloud, Duluth, Grand Rapids, and Bemidji. 

The Fairmont exam station opened May 26 for road tests only.​

Minnesotans can complete these services at open exam stations May 19-22:  knowledge tests, permit applications, motorcycle and CDL road tests and evaluation services. Exam stations will be open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Independently owned and operated deputy registrar and driver’s license agent offices are able to open their doors to customers, at 50 percent occupancy with social distancing measures in place, as of May 18.

DPS-DVS resumed Class D road tests on May 26, with those who had their appointments canceled during the stay at home order given priority. New class D road test appointments are not available to the public until June 8. 

More information is outlined in a recent news release.

REAL ID Questions? Follow Driver and Vehicle Services on Facebook and Twitter

If you have questions about REAL ID, tab renewal or a number of other Driver and Vehicle Services topics follow DVS on Facebook and Twitter. DVS shares answer to common questions and other important pieces of information on a regular basis.

​Stay informed and share with your friends and followers.

 

Federal REAL ID Enforcement Deadline Extended to Oct. 1, 2021

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending the REAL ID full enforcement deadline to Oct. 1, 2021.

The deadline was originally set for Oct. 1, 2020, but is being delayed by one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The federal, state and local response to the spread of Coronavirus here in the United States necessitates a delay in this deadline," Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf said in a statement. "Our state and local partners are working tirelessly with the Administration to flatten the curve and, therefore, we want to revmoe any impediments to response and recovery efforts."


​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.