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Applying for a REAL ID? Here’s how to save yourself some time.

Minnesota REAL ID driver's licenses in vertical and horizontal formatsIt's December and you’re probably in the thick of the holiday jungle: the parties. The concerts. The decorating. And the shopping. If you’re like a lot of people, you’ve turned to online shopping to ease the burden. It’s so much easier to shop online and check off that box on your holiday to-do list.

If getting your REAL ID is another of those boxes, don’t worry: Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) has employed a similar concept. Using the pre-application feature on the new driver’s license system, you can fill out quite a bit of your license or ID card application.

Learn more in our blog.

Minnesota in Full Compliance with the Federal REAL ID Act

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Minnesota is in full compliance with the federal REAL ID Act. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security sent a letter to Gov. Mark Dayton stating that the department completed its review and determined Minnesota has met all requirements to be in full compliance.

Gov. Dayton released a statement saying, “I want to congratulate and thank everyone who has worked so very hard to make this day happen.”

Federal agencies will continue to accept standard Minnesota driver’s licenses and identification cards for official purposes until Oct. 1, 2020. After Oct. 1, 2020, a REAL ID, Enhanced driver’s license or ID or passport will be required for those wanting to board domestic flights or enter federal facilities.

​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: is a Private Business and is not Affiliated with DVS or the Department of Public Safety 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 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
  • 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.


The website “” 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.