Recent Driver and Vehicle Services News
Minnesota and the REAL ID Act
In 2009, the Minnesota Legislature prohibited implementation of the federal REAL ID Act (Session Law 92 -- HF 988
). The law states: "The commissioner of public safety is prohibited from taking any action to implement or to plan for the implementation by this state of those sections of Public Law 109-13 known as the REAL ID Act." As a result of this state law, Minnesotans cannot apply for a REAL ID-compliant state driver's license or identification card.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has said that travelers may not be allowed to board federally-regulated commercial aircraft using a drivers license or ID card "no sooner than 2016." They have also said that they will give ample notice before full implementation. To date, they have not provided that notice.
Whenever the REAL ID Act is fully implemented by the federal government, Minnesota business and pleasure travelers will need a passport, Enhanced Drivers License (EDL), or other federally recognized documents to board commercial aircraft.
Minnesota does offer Enhanced Drivers Licenses and Enhanced Identification Cards (EIDs), which are acceptable for official federal purposes such as accessing a federal facility or boarding a commercial aircraft. Learn more about Minnesota Enhanced Driver's Licenses and ID Cards
New Method of Invalidating Driver's Licenses, ID Cards Starts July 6
The way driver’s licenses and identification cards are invalidated is changing in Minnesota.
Starting July 6, Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services will be perforating the word “VOID” on the left side of the card by the photo instead of clipping the bottom right corner.
Law enforcement will continue to clip the upper corner of a driver’s license or permit to invalidate the card.
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.
Don't forget to deduct your state vehicle license fee
About to file your taxes? Don't forget about this tax deduction! Minnesotans can deduct a portion of their state vehicle license fee when itemizing deductions on their federal return. Just plug in your driver license or license plate number on this website to find out how much you paid for tabs in 2014.
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.
Graduated Driver License Law
Effective January 1, 2015, the Graduated Driver License
Law will include a parent awareness class, more supervised practice for teen drivers, and a supervised driving log.
Point of Impact: Teen Driver Safety Parent Awareness Program
Effective January 1, 2015, all driver education programs must offer parent awareness classes which provide information on teen driving risks, laws, and the important role parents play in influencing teen driving behaviors. Parents should contact their local driver education provider to learn when their next parent awareness class will be held.
More Practice for Teens
To take the road test, teen drivers under 18 must spend at least 50 supervised hours behind the wheel, 15 of which are at night, with a parent or guardian. If the parent or guardian completes the 90-minute parent awareness class, the number of supervised hours a teen is required to spend behind the wheel is reduced from a minimum of 50 to 40, 15 of which must be at night.
Supervised Driving Log
Effective Jan. 1, 2015, every driver under the age of 18 who completed behind the wheel instruction and is testing for a provisional driver's license must submit a driving log showing the dates and lengths of drive time for each supervised trip. The supervised driving log
must be signed by a parent or guardian.
New Public Safety Laws Take Effect Jan. 1, 2015
Provisional License and Supplemental Parental Curriculum
- Supervised driving hours increased from 30 to 40 hours (15 of the hours must be at night).
- Optional 90-minute supplemental parental curriculum course for primary driving supervisor. If this is not completed, the supervised driving hour requirement increases from 40 to 50 hours.
- All applicants of a provisional license must submit a driving log which is to be completed by the primary driving supervisor.
Woman Veteran Plate
Available January 1, 2015 will be the Woman Veteran Plate honoring the contributions women veterans have made to the nation. Woman veteran plates may be applied for at a Deputy Registrar office or by mailing an Application for Special Plates (PS2010)
and appropriate fees and documents to:
Driver and Vehicle Services
445 Minnesota Street Suite 164
St. Paul, MN 55101-5164
may be displayed on any passenger-class vehicle, 1-ton pickup, or self-propelled recreational vehicle, owned or jointly owned by a veteran.
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.
- To find out when your title will be issued, go to the Title Issuing Schedule
and find a statement like this: As of April 14, 2014 DVS is working on title applications received on approximately March 19, 2014.
This statement on the Title Issuing Schedule
page is updated every Monday to reflect the latest date for title application processing.
If for some reason (such as an impending sale) you absolutely must receive your vehicle title sooner than the DVS schedule indicates, go to our Fast Track Fact Sheet
and follow the instructions.
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