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Are DPS-DVS exam stations open for services?
There are 26 DVS exam stations open to the public. Locations, hours and services are listed on the DVS locations page
DVS plans to reopen all 93 stations by the end of the year.




What is DPS-DVS doing to protect the health and safety of customers and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic?

DPS-DVS is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines to implement social distancing and sanitizing strategies to stop the spread of COVID-19. These include:

  • Wellness screenings for staff and customers:
    • DVS staff will be asked health-screening questions before starting their workday. DVS staff will ask customers the same series of health-screening questions before they enter the exam station including:
      • Have you been in close and prolonged physical contact (within less than 6 feet for at least 10 minutes) with an individual who has tested positive for or been diagnosed with COVID-19, or exposed to their cough or sneeze, within the last 14 calendar days; or have you tested positive for or been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 calendar days?
      • Have you had a fever or felt feverish in the past 72 hours?
      • Have you taken any fever-reducing medication to reduce a fever in the past 72 hours?
      • Have you had cough, shortness of breath, or any other symptoms of COVID-19 (muscle aches, headache, sore throat, diarrhea, or loss of taste or smell) within the last 72 hours?
    • DVS staff will conduct a temperature check.
    • If the DVS staff or a customer has a fever of 100.4 or higher, answers “yes” to any of the health screening questions, or refuses to answer the questions they will not be allowed to enter the exam stations.
  • Social distancing:
    • Exam stations will have social distancing signs and floor decals to help customers and staff maintain the recommended six feet social distance.
    • Plexiglass is installed at counters to provide a barrier between customers and exam staff.
    • Lines may be longer and extend outside at exam stations due to the required six feet between customers. Customers should dress for the elements and plan accordingly.
  • Personal Protective Equipment:
    • DVS staff will wear a face mask.
    • Customers are encouraged to wear face masks inside exam stations and for skills tests. 
    • DVS will provide hand sanitizer to use while inside exam stations and will have sanitizing wipes to disinfect the counter area in between customers.
  • Virtual Lobby: DVS exam stations are offering a virtual lobby. You can check in virtually when you arrive and receive a text message when it’s your turn at the counter. 
    • Deputy registrar and driver’s license agent offices are independently owned and operated, so they may not have this feature.
  • Only the applicant is allowed inside the exam station unless they are younger than 18, in which case a parent or guardian must accompany them. This will help customers and staff maintain social distance.

Independently owned and operated deputy registrar and driver’s license agent offices will be implementing their own social distancing and sanitizing strategies based on CDC and MDH guidelines.




How does the DVS exam station virtual lobby work? 

DPS-DVS exam stations use a virtual lobby to eliminate the need for customers to wait in line in or outside exam stations. When a person arrives at a DVS exam station, they check in to the virtual lobby for the service they need by scanning a QR code or sending a text to the number provided. This information is posted on a sign at each exam station.

Customers then complete their wellness screening and wait in their vehicle or somewhere else until they receive a text telling them it's their turn for service. 

Those who do not have a cell phone can request a card with a number and wait nearby. DVS staff notify those customers when it's their turn. 




My license expired March 31, 2021, when extensions ended, and I haven't renewed. What are my renewal options?
Minnesotans with driver's licenses or ID cards that expired March 31, 2021, when COVID-19 extensions ended, who have not renewed no longer have valid driver's licenses or ID cards. These cardholders should renew as soon as possible. No testing is required as long as a driver's license is expired less than one year and was in good standing prior to expiring.
Cardholders should pre-apply online at drive.mn.gov  and visit their local deputy registrar or driver's license agent office to complete their application in person.  Locations and service information are on the DPS-DVS website.

  • Those who choose to apply for a REAL ID will not be able to use their expired driver's license or ID card as a valid proof of Minnesota residence. State and federal law require valid driver's licenses or ID cards for proof of residence. REAL ID applicants will need to select two other options from the required document list.
  • Regional DVS exam stations accept driver's license renewals and applications on a first-come-first-served basis. No appointments are required. Capacity is limited as staff are also processing applications for customers who pass skill and road tests. Customers check into a virtual lobby at the office entrance and wait in their vehicle until they receive a text that it is their turn for service. 
  • Deputy registrar and driver's license agent offices are independently owned and operated. Many require appointments for all services and have limited appointments available. Locations and service information are on the DPS-DVS website.



My permit expired March 31, 2021, when extensions ended, and I haven't renewed. What are my renewal options?
Minnesotans whose permits expired on March 31, 2021, when extensions ended have options.

  • Class D Instruction Permits
    • Expired permit holders cannot legally operate a vehicle on Minnesota roads.
    • Prospective drivers may take one road test using a permit that has been expired for less than one year.  The only exception: a person who previously failed the road test and needed to complete additional practice time must have a valid permit to take their next road test.
    • Minnesotans may renew their class D instruction permit at a DVS exam station or driver's license office without passing the class D knowledge test if their permit is expired less than one year.​
    • No additional documentation is required if a person is not changing their name or address.
  • Motorcycle Instruction Permits
    • Expired permit holders cannot legally operate a motorcycle on Minnesota roads.
    • Prospective motorcycle riders may take one motorcycle road test using a permit that has been expired for less than one year.  Motorcycle riders may take and pass the Basic Rider Course to earn their motorcycle endorsement if their permit is expired less than one year.
    • Minnesotans with expired motorcycle instruction permits are required to take and pass the motorcycle knowledge test to apply for a new permit. Motorcycle knowledge tests are available at DVS exam stations on a first come first served basis.
    • No additional documentation is required if a person is not changing their name or address.
  • Commercial Learner Permits
    • Expired permit holders cannot legally operate a commercial vehicle on Minnesota roads.
    • Prospective commercial vehicle drivers must have a valid commercial learner permit to take the commercial road test.
    • Minnesotans with expired commercial learner permits need to take and pass the applicable commercial driver's license knowledge test(s) to apply for a new permit. Commercial driver's license knowledge tests are available at DVS exam stations on a first come first served basis.
    • No additional documentation is required if a person is not changing their name or address.



My driver’s license is expiring, is there an extension to renew?
Extensions to renew driver's licenses and ID cards ended March 31, 2021.
Minnesotans who need to renew or apply for a driver's license or ID card should pre-apply online at drive.mn.gov  and visit their local deputy registrar or driver's license agent office to complete their application in person. A complete list of office locations and services is on the DVS office locations page.​
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If you have already pre-applied at drive.mn.gov, your application will stay in the DPS-DVS system.




My disability parking certificate or permit expired or is expiring. Is there an extension to renew due to the COVID-19 pandemic?
Extensions to renew disability parking certificates or permits ended March 31, 2021. You can renew a permanent disability parking certificate online at drive.mn.gov.




Will I be required to take a photo and vision screening when renewing my standard driver's license or ID card?
Yes. Cardholders should pre-apply online at drive.mn.gov and visit their local deputy registrar or driver's license agent office to complete their application in person. Locations and service information are on the DPS-DVS website. DVS exam stations, deputy registrars and driver's license agent offices have been carefully sanitizing and cleaning vision screening equipment between uses




Can I renew my standard driver’s license or ID card online?
No, the provision to waive the photo and vision screening for standard driver’s license applications ended on June 30, 2021. 
Cardholders should pre-apply online at drive.mn.gov and visit their local deputy registrar or driver's license agent office to complete their application in person.  Locations and service information are on the DPS-DVS website.




I renewed my registration more than two weeks ago and haven't received my stickers; what should I do?
If you mailed your registration renewal more than two weeks ago and haven't received your tabs, please notify DVS by completing the Report Registration Tabs Not Received contact form online at drive.mn.gov.




Is the Oct. 1, 2021 federal REAL ID enforcement date extended?
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is extending the REAL ID full enforcement deadline to May 3, 2023. The deadline was previously set for later this year.
“Protecting the health, safety, and security of our communities is our top priority," said DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. “As our country continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, extending the REAL ID full enforcement deadline will give states needed time to reopen their driver's licensing operations and ensure their residents can obtain a REAL ID-compliant license or identification card."
Beginning May 3, 2023, Minnesotans will not be able to use their standard driver's license to board domestic flights or enter federal facilities. Instead, they will need a REAL ID, enhanced driver's license or ID card, passport or passport card or another acceptable form of identification for federal purposes.  




My driver’s license is expiring. Can I complete a Snowbird packet to renew my license?
Snowbird procedures cannot be used to renew your license if you are living in Minnesota, per state law.
Find a list of open offices on the DVS locations page




Can I apply for a permit or driver's license once I pass my knowledge or road test?
DVS exam stations are accepting permit and driver’s license applications that require a knowledge or road test. Exam stations are only able to serve a limited number of customers each day in order to allow for social distancing inside the building. If you have midday or afternoon knowledge or road test appointment, you may not be able to complete your application that same day depending on the current number of people waiting for that service. If this happens, you can visit a nearby deputy registrar or driver’s license agent office to complete your application.




When can I schedule a new class D road test?
Any Minnesotan who needs to schedule a class D road test can do so online at drive.mn.gov.
DPS-DVS does not accept walk-ins for road tests. Appointments are required. If you can’t keep your appointment, please cancel  it online​ with as much notice as possible. Cancelling ahead of time allows DPS-DVS to open that appointment to another person who needs it.




What if it says, "no appointments available" when I'm trying to schedule a class D road test online?
If you are trying to schedule a class D road test appointment online and it displays "no appointments are available," that means all slots are full for the next six months at the exam station you have selected. DVS opens additional appointments based on staffing levels and cancellations, so please continue to check the website for openings. You can only schedule six months in advance online.
You are able to search for additional appointments without losing your existing appointment by selecting Schedule or Reschedule a Road Test or Class D Knowledge Test at drive.mn.gov​, entering your information and selecting Reschedule to go to any available appointments. You will not lose your existing appointment until you confirm your new appointment.




What will it be like to take a class D road test now?
DPS-DVS made changes to the class D road test to prioritize the safety of customers and examiners: 

  • Applicants are required to complete a short questionnaire, have their temperature taken prior to testing and are encouraged to wear a face mask. DVS examiners wear face masks, face shields or safety glasses.
  • DPS-DVS is temporarily waiving the equipment inspection portion of the road test. Less than 5 percent of applicants fail this part of the exam. This time will be used to sanitize the vehicle. DPS-DVS will provide the sanitizing wipes, but applicants will be required to sanitize their vehicle before the test begins.
  • Examiners will still ride in the vehicle. 
  • The test will end immediately if the applicant does something to automatically fail the exam. This would include any action that would result in an accident of moving violation. This will help make DPS-DVS examiners more efficient.
  • After passing the test, applicants will be able to complete their driver’s license application if they tested at one of the 14 exams stations that are equipped with vision screening machines and cameras. Customers who test at an exam station without a camera or vision screening machine will need to visit nearby deputy registrar or driver’s license agent office​ to complete their application.
  •  DPS-DVS encourages customers to wear face masks in exam station.​
    • Exam stations are only able to serve a limited number of customers each day in order to allow for social distancing inside the building. If you have a midday or afternoon knowledge or road test appointment, you may not be able to complete your application that same day depending on the current number of people waiting for that service. If this happens, you can visit a  nearby deputy registrar or driver’s license agent office​ to complete your application.  

This DPS-DVS video​ walks through what it will be like to take a class D road test.
DPS-DVS does not accept walk-ins for road tests. Appointments are required. If you can’t keep your appointment, please cancel it online​ with as much notice as possible. Cancelling ahead of time allows DPS-DVS to open that appointment to another person who needs it.​




What do I need to bring to my class D road test?
Come prepared:

  • Pre-apply at drive.mn.gov​ before your appointment.
  • Arrive on time for your appointment.
  • Bring your valid instruction permit to give to the examiner. 
  • DPS-DVS encourages customers to wear a face mask.
  • Provide a vehicle that is clean and in safe working condition.
    • Doors must open from inside and outside.
    • Seat belts must work properly.
    • All lights and turn signals must work.
  • Vehicle registration must be current, or the vehicle must display a 21-day permit.
  • Bring current proof of insurance for the vehicle you use for the test.
  • Bring your check, money order or cash to pay the driver’s license fee and retesting fee if applicable. There is a $20 test fee for the third or subsequent road tests after failing the first two.
  • If under 18 years old:
    • You must be at least 16 years old.
    • Bring your certificate of course completion (White Card) proving that you completed driver education.
    • You must have held an instruction permit for the last six months without a conviction for a moving violation or an alcohol or controlled substance violation.
    • If all or part of your six months of driving experience was in a state other than Minnesota, you need to bring a certified driving record from the state to verify that you qualify for the provisional license. 
    • Bring your supervised driving log completed and signed by a parent or guardian.
    • If completed, bring your supplemental parental curriculum completion certificate.
    • Bring your parent, court-appointed guardian, county-appointed foster parent or the director of the transitional living program you are residing in to sign and approve your application.
  • If 18 years old:
    • You must have held an instruction permit for at least six months.
  • If 19 years of age or older:
    • You must have held an instruction permit for at least three months.

DPS-DVS does not accept walk-ins for road tests. Appointments are required. If you can’t keep your appointment, please cancel it online​ with as much notice as possible. Cancelling ahead of time allows DPS-DVS to open that appointment to another person who needs it.​​




What should I do if I cannot keep my scheduled road test appointment?
If you can’t keep your class D, commercial driver’s license or motorcycle road test appointment, please be considerate of other people trying to schedule their road tests, and cancel yours online with as much notice as possible. Go to drive.mn.gov​, select Schedule or Reschedule a Road or Class D Knowledge Test and follow the prompts. This allows DPS-DVS to make your appointment available to another person.
If you do not have computer access, call (651) 284-1000 for assistance.




How can I confirm my existing class D road test appointment?
You can confirm​ your existing class D road test appointment online at drive.mn.gov​ by selecting Schedule or Reschedule a Road or Class D Knowledge Test and entering the information for the person who is taking the road test. The first page will show the current appointment information.
DPS-DVS sends a confirmation email as soon as an appointment is scheduled and a reminder email three business days prior to the appointment date.
If you need to reschedule or cancel that appointment, you can search for additional appointments or cancel online. You will not lose your existing appointment until you confirm a new appointment or confirm cancellation. 

If you do not have computer access, call (651) 284-1000 for assistance.




​Are knowledge tests available?

DPS-DVS offers knowledge tests for class D, motorcycle endorsement and commercial driver’s licenses at regional exam stations.

  • Appointments are required for class D knowledge tests. Anyone who wants to schedule an appointment for a test at an exam station can do so online at drive.mn.gov. DVS exam stations will not accept walk-ins for class D knowledge tests.
  • Commercial knowledge testing, the motorcycle knowledge test, the moped knowledge test and DWI knowledge test are offered on a first-come-first-served basis.  
  • The locations are listed on the DVS locations page.​
  • DPS-DVS will only offer paper tests on a case-by-case basis if an individual with special needs makes the request.
  • DPS-DVS staff sanitize computers in between tests
  • Minnesotans will be required to complete a short questionnaire and have their temperature taken before entering the building and DPS-DPS encourages customers to wear face masks in the exam station.​



Is an appointment required for knowledge tests?
Appointments are required for class D knowledge tests. Schedule an appointment online at drive.mn.gov. DVS exam stations will not accept walk-ins for class D knowledge tests​.
Commercial knowledge testing, the motorcycle knowledge test, the moped knowledge test and DWI knowledge test are offered on a first-come-first-served basis.
Find office locations on the DVS locations page​.




How do I schedule a class D knowledge test appointment?
To schedule an appointment:

  • Go to drive.mn.gov​.
  • Select Schedule or Reschedule a Road or Class D Knowledge Test.
  • Follow the prompts.

Anyone who cannot keep an appointment should cancel their appointment online at drive.mn.gov with as much notice as possible so that appointment can be opened up for someone else. DVS exam stations will not accept walk-ins for class D knowledge tests​.




How far in advance can I schedule a class D knowledge test appointment?
DVS exam stations are opening up class D knowledge test schedules six weeks in advance. If you are trying to schedule an appointment, and it says “no appointments available,” you can check a different location for appointments or check back later as more appointments are added to the system.

To schedule an appointment:

  • Go to drive.mn.gov​.
  • Select Schedule or Reschedule Road or Class D Knowledge Test.
  • Follow the prompts.

Anyone who cannot keep an appointment should cancel their appointment online at drive.mn.gov with as much notice as possible so that appointment can be opened up for someone else. DVS exam stations will not accept walk-ins for class D knowledge tests.




​What do I need to bring to take my knowledge test?

Come prepared! Here’s what you will need to take your knowledge test

  • ​DPS-DVS encourages customers to w​ear a face mask.
  • Bring all required documents​.
  • Know your social security number. 
  • Bring check, cash or money order to pay the instruction permit fee and the retesting fee, if applicable. 
    • ​There is a $10 test fee for third or subsequent knowledge tests after failing the first two. 
  • ​If you are younger than 18:
    • ​You must be at least 15 years old. 
    • Bring your certificate of enrollment (blue card) proving that you completed classroom instruction and are signed up for behind-the-wheel instruction, or bring your certificate of enrollment (pink card) proving that you are currently enrolled in a concurrent driver education course and have completed the first 15 classroom hours of the curriculum. 
    • A parent, court-appointed guardian, county-appointed foster parent or the director of the transitional living program you reside in will need to come with to sign and approve your application.
    • If completed, bring the supplemental parental curriculum completion certificate. 

DVS exam stations will not accept walk-ins for class D knowledge tests​. Schedule an appointment at drive.mn.gov by selecting Schedule or Reschedule a Road or Class D Knowledge Test ​and following the prompts.

DVS exam stations are accepting permit and driver’s license applications that require a knowledge or road test. Exam stations are only able to serve a limited number of customers each day in order to allow for social distancing inside the building. If you have midday or afternoon knowledge or road test appointment, you may not be able to complete your application that same day depending on the current number of people waiting for that service. If this happens, you can visit a nearby deputy registrar or driver’s license agent office​ to complete your application.  ​




What should I do if I need to apply for a duplicate permit?

Anyone who needs to apply for a duplicate permit should visit their local deputy registrar or driver's license agent office if they do not need to take a knowledge test in order to apply. The full permit fee is due for class D instruction permit if another is needed.
You can find locations on the DVS locations page​. Services may vary by location, so check the page before you visit your local office.




Can I renew my learner's permit online?
No. Anyone who needs to apply for a duplicate permit should visit their local deputy registrar or driver's license agent office if they do not need to take a knowledge test.
Minnesotans who need to take the knowledge test to renew their permit must visit a DVS exam station to apply
Minnesotans under age 18 will need a parent or guardian present to complete the consent portion of the application.
You can find locations on the DVS locations page​. Services may vary by location, so check the page before you visit your local office




How can I contact DVS for help?

You can contact DPS-DVS for help

Online using the DVS contact forms

By phone:

  • Driver’s License/ID issues: 651-297-3298
  • Schedule a Road or Class D knowledge test: 651-284-1000
  • Driver Compliance: 651=296-2025
  • Vehicle titles, title transfers and registration: 651-297-2126
  • Special License Plates: 651-297-3166
  • Disability parking certificates or plates: 651-297-3377
  • Vehicle lien holders: 651-296-5436


DPS-DVS staff answer phone calls and emails 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. ​​




Where can I apply for or transfer a vehicle title?
 Find a list of locations on the DVS locations page, and call your local office before you visit to find out what services they are offering. 

Minnesotans can also complete a title application or transfer by by mail to DPS-DVS. 

Customers should keep a copy of the title transfer or title application for their records if they choose to mail the application to DPS-DVS.  




Are driver education programs available?

DPS-DVS approved a variance allowing Minnesota driver education programs to provide driver education via teleconference or other methods of audio and video distant learning in a live setting to their students.

Driver education programs​ are not required to participate, and students should contact their driver education program to find out if this is an option. Driver education programs may also continue in-classroom training as long as they follow CDC and Minnesota Department of Health safety guidelines.
The variance allows driver education programs to offer teleconferencing in place of classroom training to students currently enrolled or planning to enroll with the driver education program. The variance expires on Dec. 31, 2021.  




I need to renew my vehicle registration, but I misplaced or didn't receive my renewal notice. What should I do?
Minnesotans who did not receive or misplaced their registration renewal notice can still renew their registration online at drive.mn.gov without the renewal notice as long as their vehicle is a car, pickup under 1 ton or SUV. You can determine the amount of your registration online by entering your license plate number and the last 3 digits of the vehicle identification number (VIN).

Those who need to renew registration for another vehicle type can visit the DVS locations page​ to find a deputy registrar office. You must be the registered owner of the vehicle and will need to provide your vehicle information and insurance information to renew.   .

If these renewal options do not work, please contact DVS using the vehicle services contact forms for assistance.




Can I complete driver and vehicle services online?

There are a number of online services available to Minnesotans at drive.mn.gov. Services include:
 ​

  • Renewing vehicle registration
  • Pre-applying for a driver’s license of ID
  • Updating seasonal farm dates for commercial driver’s licenses
  • Renewing a permanent disability parking certificate
  • Checking your driver’s license status.
  • Paying reinstatement fees.
  • Requesting a driver services refund.
  • Updating medical examiner certificates, self-certification forms and waivers for commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders.
  • Uploading forms
  • Contacting DPS-DVS with driver and vehicle services questions.

Visit drive.mn.gov for a full list of services and click on the service you would like to complete.




Can I update my seasonal farm dates on my current commercial driver's license (CDL)?

Current CDL holders with a seasonal CDL restriction can apply for a duplicate license and update their seasonal timeline online.

Visit drive.mn.gov,  select Apply for a Duplicate Seasonal Commercial Driver’s License in the driver services section, and follow the prompts to apply. You will need to complete the online application and pay the duplicate license fee. A new photo and vision screening is not required. 

CDL holders are eligible for this if they:

  • Currently hold a commercial license with a seasonal farm restriction.
  • Are in good standing.
  • Have lived in Minnesota for the past two years and have been in good standing during that time.
  • Are not currently enrolled in temporary stay.
  • Do not have a private address on file.
  • Have a valid, non-expired medical certificate on file with DVS.

You can also contact your local office to see if they offer this service. Offices are listed on the DVS locations page

If you have questions, use the driver services contact forms​ to reach out to DVS.




Is there an extension for my commercial driver’s license that expires during the COVID-19 peacetime state of emergency?

The DPS-DVS did not extend the expiration of commercial driver's licenses (CDL) or commercial learner's permits beyond the previous Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) extension Feb. 28, 2021. DPS-DVS sent letters to all affected Minnesota CDL holders to notify them their credential expired on Feb. 28, 2021. 
The federal government also extended all medical certificates and waivers that expired on or after Dec. 31, 2020 to May 31, 2021. DPS-DVS extended all medical certificates on file that expire on or after Dec. 31, 2020 to May 31, 2021.




I am new to Minnesota and have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) from another state, can I legally operate a commercial vehicle in Minnesota?

CDL holders must apply for a Minnesota CDL within 30 days of becoming a Minnesota resident. If you have a valid CDL from another state, you can continue to use the valid license for the 30-days after moving to Minnesota.




Can I apply for a first-time seasonal farm commercial driver's license (CDL)?
Eligible Minnesotans can apply for a first-time seasonal farm commercial driver's license (CDL) online or at any office accepting driver’s license applications. You can find locations on the DVS locations page​
Visit drive.mn.gov​ and select Apply for a Duplicate Seasonal Commercial Driver’s License in the driver services section and follow the prompts to apply. You will need to complete the online application and pay the license fee. A new photo and vision screening are not required.
Minnesotans are eligible for this if they:

  • Have had a valid class D or commercial driver's license for at least one year. 
  • Have had a good driving record for at least the last two years. 
  • Are employed in one of the following designated farm-related service industries:
    • Agri-chemical businesses
    • Custom harvesters
    • Farm retail outlets and suppliers
    • Farm retail outlets and suppliers
    • Livestock feeders

You will need the following forms when applying:

  • A completed Commercial Driver's Medical Self-Certification form​.
  • Medical Examiner's Certificate, if one is not already on file with DVS.
  • One of the following proof of domicile presence documents:
    • Valid, unexpired U.S. passport or passport card.
    • Certified copy of birth certificate from a U.S. state, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa or the Northern Mariana Islands.
    • Consular Report of Birth Abroad issued by the U.S. Department of State or Certificate of Naturalization issued by Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
    • Certificate of Citizenship issued by DHS or valid, unexpired Permanent Residence Card.
    • Unexpired employment authorization document issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or an unexpired foreign passport accompanied by an approved I-94 form.

If you have questions, use the driver services contact forms to reach out to DVS.




Can I apply for or upgrade my Minnesota commercial driver's license online?
No The online renewal option ended June 30, 2021. Cardholders should pre-apply online at drive.mn.gov and visit their local deputy registrar or driver's license agent office to complete their application in person. Locations and service information are on the DPS-DVS website.




​Are commercial road tests available?

Minnesotans can schedule commercial road test appointments online at drive.mn.gov​. Commercial road tests are currently running at the following DVS exam stations by appointment only:

  • Alexandria
  • Anoka
  • Arden Hills
  • Austin
  • Bemidji
  • Chaska
  • Detroit Lakes
  • Duluth
  • Eagan
  • Faribault
  • Fairmont
  • Grand Rapids
  • Mankato
  • Marshall
  • Moorhead
  • Plymouth
  • Rochester
  • St. Cloud
  • Virginia
  • Willmar
  • Winona
  • Worthington

All commercial road tests use social distancing strategies.

  • Applicants are required to complete a short questionnaire and have their temperature taken prior to testing and must wear a face mask. DVS examiners wear face masks, face shields or safety glasses and gloves.
  • Once an applicant passes the CDL skills test, they can complete their application for a commercial driver's license at the exam station if it is equipped with a camera or by visiting the nearest driver’s license agent or deputy registrars. You can find locations on the DVS locations page.  



What should I do if I lose my driver's license, ID card or temporary credential? 

If you lost your driver's license, ID card or temporary credential, or it was stolen: visit your local deputy registrar or driver's license agent office to complete an application for duplicate. Locations and service information are on the DPS-DVS website.

  • If you need to change your address on your REAL ID or enhanced driver's license or ID card, you must provide two different documents proving Minnesota residency instead of one. Options are outlined here in the Proof of current residency section. 



Can I legally drive if I just moved to Minnesota and my out-of-state driver's license recently expired?
No. You cannot legally drive on Minnesota roads with an expired out-of-state driver's license. You will need to apply or a Minnesota driver's license as soon as possible. More information is on the New Minnesota Resident page​




My driver's license or ID card received the extension and expired March 31, 2021; can I still use my driver's license as a proof of residency document to apply for a Minnesota REAL ID or enhanced driver's license when offices reopen?

No. Your driver's license or ID card expired March 31, 2021, and is no longer a valid credential. Federal and state laws accept only valid driver's licenses or ID cards as proof of Minnesota residency. You will need to select two other options from the required documents list.

Find a list of REAL ID required documents online.​




Can I take the class D knowledge test online?
No. The online knowledge test is no longer available starting July 2, 2021. This feature was only available during the state’s peacetime emergency, which ended July 1.
Knowledge tests remain available at DPS-DVS exam stations. Appointments are required for class D knowledge tests. Schedule an appointment online at drive.mn.gov. DVS exam stations will not accept walk-ins for class D knowledge tests​.
Commercial knowledge testing, the motorcycle knowledge test, the moped knowledge test and DWI knowledge test are offered on a first-come-first-served basis.




I am a new Minnesota resident and need to take the class D knowledge test to apply for my Minnesota driver’s license. Can I take the knowledge test online?
No. The online knowledge test is no longer available starting July 2, 2021. This feature was only available during the state’s peacetime emergency, which ended July 1.
Knowledge tests remain available at DPS-DVS exam stations. Appointments are required for class D knowledge tests. Schedule an appointment online at drive.mn.gov. DVS exam stations will not accept walk-ins for class D knowledge tests​.
Commercial knowledge testing, the motorcycle knowledge test, the moped knowledge test and DWI knowledge test are offered on a first-come-first-served basis.




I need to take the class D knowledge test to reinstate or renew my Minnesota driver’s license. Can I take the test online? 
No. The online knowledge test is no longer available starting July 2, 2021. This feature was only available during the state’s peacetime emergency, which ended July 1.
Knowledge tests remain available at DPS-DVS exam stations. Appointments are required for class D knowledge tests. Schedule an appointment online at drive.mn.gov. DVS exam stations will not accept walk-ins for class D knowledge tests​.
Commercial knowledge testing, the motorcycle knowledge test, the moped knowledge test and DWI knowledge test are offered on a first-come-first-served basis.




Do I have to get a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or state ID?
No. A REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or state ID is not needed for the following:

  • Being licensed to drive.
  • Voting or registering to vote.
  • Entering federal facilities that do not require a person to present identification.
  • Applying or receiving federal benefits.
  • Accessing health or life-preserving services (including hospitals and health clinics), law enforcement or constitutionally-protected activities (including a defendant's access to court proceedings).
  • Participating in law enforcement proceedings or investigations.

You will need a passport, passport card, REAL ID, enhanced driver’s license or another acceptable form of identification for federal purposes, to board domestic flights or enter federal facilities starting May 3, 2023. More information about REAL ID is available at REALID.dps.mn.gov​.
Applying for a REAL ID requires additional documentation mandated by federal law. The complete list of required docum​ents is available on the REAL ID website.




​What has Minnesota done to plan for REAL ID?
The REAL ID federal law was passed by congress in 2005. DPS-DVS received legislative authorization to begin REAL ID implementation in 2017. On Oct. 1, 2018, a new driver’s license system launched that allows Minnesotans to obtain a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or state ID. This new system integrates with the Social Security Administration’s database, reduces the number of duplicate records, and identifies potential fraud. This system was updated again on Nov. 16, 2020 as it became part of the new Minnesota Drive (MNDRIVE) system.




I can’t renew my driver’s license or state ID because the information on my application doesn’t match the information on my DVS record. What should I do?
You will need to update the information on your DVS record to match the information on your application. Updating this information will require you to visit a driver’s license office or DVS exam station. To find more information on the closest office to you and if they require an appointment, visit the DVS locations webpage.
Scenarios and next steps:

  • If your information on the DVS record does not match the information on the Social Security Administration (SSA) record:
    • Correct your information with the agency that does not have your correct and current legal name and date of birth. You will receive a letter on what your next steps are at the time of your DL application attempt. 
    • If your name is correct with SSA but wrong with DVS, you will need to provide documents supporting your current legal name to allow the correction to occur with DVS.
    • If your name or date of birth is not correct with SSA but correct with DVS, you will need to contact SSA at 1-888-847-0392 or 1-800-772-1213, for further assistance. 
  • If your date of birth is wrong with DVS:
    • Provide a certified copy of your birth certificate, unexpired U.S. passport, or unexpired foreign passport along with legal status documents for DVS to correct your date of birth. 
    • If you were born in Minnesota, you can get a copy of your birth certificate from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). Visit the MDH website or call MDH at 651-201-5000. Interpreters are available. 
    • If you were not born in Minnesota, you will need to contact the vital records department in the state in which you were born.
    • If you need to renew or update your U.S. passport visit the U.S. Department of State website.
  • If your current legal name does not match the information in our system:
    • Provide supporting documents to correct your name. Supporting documents may include a certified marriage certificate, certified divorce decree or certified copy of a court order for name change. 
  • If there are any other issues that will cause your application to not be accepted you will receive a letter with more information from the DVS representative assisting you. 



What if there is a problem with my social security number?

  • To correct a social security number (SSN), present your SSN card at the time of your application. The DVS representative assisting you will make the change and proceed with your application.
  • DVS can remove a SSN from your DVS record if you no longer have one. You will need to provide another form of primary and secondary identification to proceed with your application. You will find more information about accepted identification documents on the DPS-DVS website.



What if I can’t provide documentation to support a correction?
DPS-DVS processes applications based on the information provided by the applicant. If there is incomplete or incorrect information in the record, the driver’s license or ID assigned will be invalidated.




I’ve already given you the documents you're requesting; why do I need to provide them again?
DPS-DVS is required by law to retain applications for five years. New copies are required if the documents were submitted more than five years ago.​




I changed my name. Do I need to update my name on my social security card before renewing my Minnesota driver's license?
Yes. You need to update your name with the Social Security Administration (SSA) before you can renew your driver's license using your new name. DPS-DVS cannot accept driver's license applications when the legal name or social security number on the application do not match those with the SSA. 


​Find information about updating your name with the SSA online ​and complete that process before visiting a driver's license office to renew your driver's license.