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June 30, 2015
New Method of Invalidating Driver's Licenses, ID Cards Starts July 6
Invalid Driver's Licenses Will No Longer have Clipped Corners

ST. PAUL — The way driver’s licenses and identification cards are invalidated is changing in Minnesota on July 6. Instead of clipping the bottom right corner, driver’s licenses will now be perforated with the word “VOID” on the left side of the card by the photo.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division (DVS) is making the change so Minnesota is compliant with federal law. One requirement of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Commercial Driver’s License Standards says a document perforated with the word “VOID” is considered invalidated. Other methods are insufficient under the federal law. All Minnesota cards will be processed this way, not just commercial driver’s licenses, to reduce errors.

All DVS exam stations, driver’s license agent offices and correctional facilities are equipped to start the change July 6. DVS obtained a federal grant to purchase void perforators for each office.

Driver’s Licenses and ID cards are invalidated at the time of:

  • Application to renew a Minnesota license, instruction permit or identification card.
  • Application for a duplicate Minnesota license.
  • Application for a Minnesota license or permit when the customer is a transfer from another U.S. state.

The requirements for invalidating a driver’s license are not changing. 

About the Minnesota Department Public Safety
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) comprises 11 divisions where 2,100 employees operate programs in the areas of law enforcement, crime victim assistance, traffic safety, alcohol and gambling, emergency communications, fire safety, pipeline safety, driver licensing, vehicle registration and emergency management. DPS activity is anchored by three core principles: education, enforcement and prevention.

About Driver and Vehicle Services
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division (DVS) is responsible for driver testing, driver licensing and maintenance of driver records; driver evaluation and compliance; motor vehicle title and registration; commercial vehicle registration; motor vehicle dealer licensing and regulation; and enforcement of no-fault insurance requirements.

The Minnesota Licensing and Registration System (MNLARS) is a multi-year project sponsored by the Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services Division (DVS). It replaces the division’s 30 year old information technology system with one that will meet the needs and expectations of the division’s customers, employees and business partners. The project runs through 2016.

Driver and Vehicle Services Highlights

  • DVS 2014:
    • 1,334,000 driver’s license and ID cards issued
    • More than 1.4 million titles issued
    • More than 5 million vehicles registered
  • DVS’ Public Information Center handled more than million phone calls and 77,240 email correspondences.
  • Web-based services include driver’s license status check, registration renewal (tabs), and test scheduling.

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