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Frequently Asked Questions about the Stay Home Order


Will we need documentation or a letter to be outside of our homes?

You are not required to carry any paperwork when you are traveling to and from your place of employment, or anywhere else. All Minnesotans are urged to voluntarily comply with this Executive Order.

When is it okay for me to leave my home?

Minnesotans may leave their homes to pick up essential items such as groceries or food, prescriptions, and gas, to relocate for safety reasons, or go to work if their job is deemed essential in a sector. If you leave your home, practice social distancing measures and keep six feet between you and those around you. Everyone is encouraged to stay active outside during this time, provided they practice safe social distancing.

Permissible activities during the stay at home order include:

  • Health and safety activities, such as obtaining emergency services or medical supplies

  • Outdoor activities, such as walking pets, hiking, running, biking, hunting, or fishing

  • Necessary Supplies and Services, such as getting groceries, gasoline, or carry-out

  • Essential and interstate travel, such as returning to home from outside this state

  • Care of others, such as caring for a family member, friend, or pet in another household

  • Displacement, such as moving between emergency or homeless shelters if you are without a home

  • Relocation to ensure safety, such as relocating to a different location if your home has been unsafe due to domestic violence, sanitation, or essential operations reasons

  • Tribal Activities & Lands, such as activities by members within the boundaries of their tribal reservations

For more information about the Stay at Home order, visit the Governor’s COVID-19 Response website.


What's New?


​​DPS Limits Some Services in Response to COVID-19

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In response to Gov. Tim Walz’s executive order directing Minnesotans to stay home to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) has adjusted or limited some services. For the latest service updates, visit our DPS Response to COVID-19 page.

DPS is continuing to operate with many staff members working remotely to ensure social distancing.

Thank you for your patience as we all work together to get through this situation.

DPS-DVS Offices Closed; Driver’s License Extensions Granted; REAL ID Deadline Extended

Driver and Vehicle Services office entrance with closed signsDPS-DVS exam stations, deputy registrar and driver’s license agent offices are closed through April 10 due to COVID-19 concerns.

Minnesotans will not have access to a number of services, including renewing driver’s licenses or ID cards, during this time. Any driver’s license or ID card that expires during the peacetime emergency is extended for two months after the month the peacetime emergency ends thanks to a bill Gov. Walz signed into law March 27. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security extended the REAL ID full enforcement deadline to Oct. 1, 2021.

Answers to frequently asked questions are available on the DVS website.

How to Spot a COVID-19-Related Scam

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought out the best in many people. But, as in every crisis, there are those who would take advantage of the situation for their own gain, and this is no time to let down our guard. In this case, cyber criminals know COVID-19 has created a lot of interest and fear, and they’re counting on the public’s interest in obtaining information or assistance online. They’re using that to conduct financial fraud and disseminate malware with social media, email and direct contact.

Learn what to look for and how to stay safe from scams in this blog.