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I-35W Closure in Arden Hills, Shoreview Limits Access to DVS North Metro Exam Station

Anyone planning to visit the Driver and Vehicle Services North Metro Exam Station should plan ahead with major construction limiting access for the summer.

The ramp from northbound I-35W to Ramsey County Road I and the ramp from County Road I to northbound I-35W will be closed until early September.

Find an alternative route and read about the project.

 

REAL ID Available to Minnesotans Beginning Next Year

​Minnesotans will be able to get REAL ID compliant driver's licenses and ID cards next year under a law signed by Gov. Dayton on May 18. The new law requires Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services to begin issuing licenses compliant with the federal REAL ID Act by Oct. 1, 2018.

There is no need to get a new license now unless it's time to renew an expiring license. Minnesotans can continue to use their current driver's license as a form of identification to board domestic flights until Jan. 22, 2018. With the passage of this law, Governor Dayton requested an extension from the federal government on May 19, that "would allow Minnesota's current licenses to be used for all federal purposes, while we complete the steps necessary to provide REAL ID compliant licenses to Minnesota citizens."

Background information and next steps can be found on the Office of Communications news page.

More REAL ID facts and information can be found on the DHS website.

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.

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

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.