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Questions about REAL ID? Come to an Information Session Feb. 25 in St. Cloud

Local DVS exam staff and deputy registrars will be ready to answer REAL ID questions, and help people pre-apply and get their required documents in order at a REAL ID Information Session Tuesday, Feb. 25, in St. Cloud.

Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, Minnesotans will not be able to use their standard driver's license or ID card to board domestic flights or enter federal facilities. Instead, they will need a REAL ID, enhanced driver's license or ID card, passport or passport card or another acceptable form of identification for federal purposes.

Event Information:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Great River Regional Library - St. Cloud
    • 1300 W St. Germain St., St. Cloud, MN 56301
  • Come anytime during the session to speak with DVS staff and deputy registrars about REAL ID requirements. A representative from the Stearns County Passport Office will also be there to answer passport-related questions.

Click here if you are interested in attending!

Online Service Available: 2019 Registration Tax Lookup

Minnesotans can look up the registration tax they paid in 2019 online as they begin to file their taxes. The tool is available online. You will need your driver’s license number, license plate number or vehicle identification number (VIN).

The IRS will determine whether certain tax payments made in 2019 will be deductible on 2019 federal income tax returns. For more information, contact a tax professional or the IRS.

Only One of the Two REAL ID Required Residency Documents can be a Financial Document

Minnesota REAL ID driver's licenses

The REAL ID Required Documents list previously indicated that an applicant was able to use two financial documents - such as a bank statement, canceled check, or credit card statement – for both proof of residency documents.

DVS reviewed the Federal Real ID documentation requirements and determined that only one financial document may be used for proof of residency. The second document must be another acceptable document from the REAL ID list. The Required Documents list has been updated on the website.

Applications that were submitted prior to Jan. 28, 2020, that included two financial documents for proof of residency will be processed. Affected customers do not need to take any action.

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.​



​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.