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REAL ID Update: Grace Period Allows Use of Driver's Licenses for Federal Purposes Through Jan. 22

Minnesotans can continue to use their driver's licenses for federal purposes such as boarding airplanes and accessing federal facilities now until Jan. 22, 2018, under a grace period granted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

DHS instituted the grace period as current state extensions expired, because the agency is currently focused on hurricane relief efforts and it needs time to review and process extension requests from Minnesota and other states.

Minnesota has requested a REAL ID compliance extension through Oct. 2018, which will give the state time to meet statutory deadlines and ensure Minnesotans have REAL ID compliant cards.

Additional information, including extension updates, can be found on the DHS website.

FAQs: Registration Renewal, License Plates and Title Status

​See frequently asked questions about your registration renewal, license plates and title status here.

Reminder: Vehicles Designed for Off-Road Use Cannot be Titled or Registered for use on Minnesota Roads

According to Minnesota law, any vehicle that was designed for off-road use only cannot be titled or registered for use on public roads and highways. This includes former military HUMVEEs. More Information can be found 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
  • 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.​


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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.