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 answers REAL ID Frequently Asked Questions on its website.
Learn more about Minnesota Enhanced Driver's Licenses and ID Cards.
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