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What You Need to Know to Visit a Reopened DVS Location

Customers in line outside the St. Paul DVS office

Minnesotans have missed a lot of things during the stay at home order: going to restaurants; spending time with friends and family; seeing movies, shows, and sports. And whether or not you’ve missed going to Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) exam stations, it’s possible you might have some business there now that the Department of Public Safety has reopened 14 exam stations to serve customers statewide. But it’s not exactly business as usual, so you may have a few questions.

Our latest blog will answer some of your questions about going to a DVS office and show you where to get more information.

Helping the Helpers from Behind the Wheel

quad car radar screen showing a driver's speed at 110 mph

Director Mike Hanson of the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) has watched traffic safety issues ebb and flow over his long career. But never, in all that time, has he seen the type of speed violations we’re seeing now. Hanson explains, “When you have half the traffic out there that we had before the stay at home order, there’s a lot more available lane space to use and, frankly, abuse.”

Learn about the kinds of traffic violations law enforcement is seeing on the roads, and what OTS is doing about it, in this blog.

What Happens if Hospitals Reach Capacity? There’s a Plan.

A work group tours a potential alternate care site

One of the fears during the COVID-19 crisis has been that too many people get sick at one time, hospitals won’t have enough room to treat them. Fortunately, a work group in Minnesota’s State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) has been occupied with solving that very problem before it happens.

The work group has identified potential alternate care sites (ACS) and is now in the process of creating a plan to use them, if needed. Read this blog to learn the criteria for choosing and activating an ACS.