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MNLARS replaces Driver and Vehicle Services' (DVS) 30-year-old, mainframe information system.

DVS and MN.IT Services - the state's information technology agency - is responsible for internal governance, oversight and development of the project.

MNLARS changes the way DVS does business, enhancing driver's licensing, dealer licensing and vehicle title and registration.

  • Data collection activities will be simplified and automated, increasing the accuracy of data capture and improving data integrity.
  • MNLARS will link 6.4 million vehicle records with 4.1 million driver records.
  • Duplicate data-entry will be minimized as business processes are streamlined to allow faster production of titles and licenses.
  • Access to the system is specific to the user's role, improving security and reducing opportunities for fraud.
  • Most data exchanges will be accomplished in near-real time, eliminating system "downtime" while records update; DVS business partners, law enforcement and customers will have up-to-date information.

The first phase of MNLARS was implemented in 2014.

MNLARS will replace the current mainframe for the following DVS operations:

  • Driver licensing
  • Driver compliance
  • Vehicle title and registration
  • Dealer licensing and inspection
  • Inventory, finance, and records


Funding for the Project

In 2008, the Minnesota Legislature authorized a technology surcharge to fund the MNLARS project. In 2011, the legislature authorized additional funding, including an extension of the technology surcharge.

  • The technology surcharge is applied to most motor vehicle and driver's license transactions
    • Surcharge of $1.75 was effective July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2012
    • On July 1, 2012, the surcharge was reduced to $1 and remains effective through June 30, 2016
  • Effective July 1, 2011, $1.50 of each filing fee collected by DVS on motor vehicle transactions will go to the DVS technology account. This does not apply to filing fees collected by deputy registrar offices
  • In fiscal year 2013, there was a one-time transfer of $7.1 million from DVS special revenue accounts to the DVS technology account