Drivers Licenses & IDs

Real ID update 5/6/2021

REAL ID Federal Enforcement Deadline Extended to May 3, 2023

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.

Online Scheduling

Construction update 05/05/2021:

We have moved to our temporary location. Please use the map below to find places to park.

(*note – the drop box will be located in the circular driveway off of Atwood St beginning 3/29/21.)

Parking new

Updated 4/9/2021

Minnesotans with driver's licenses or ID cards that expired March 31 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.

  • Renew a standard driver's license online at drive.mn.gov. 
    • This convenient option is available for standard driver's licenses or ID cards that do not require name, address, signature or driver's license number changes. Your driver's license or ID card must be valid or expired less than one year. A person's record is updated as soon as the online application is complete.
  • Renew in person at a regional DVS exam station, deputy registrar or driver's license agent office
    • Minnesotans must use this option to make changes to their driver's license or ID card or apply for a REAL ID or enhanced driver's license or ID card. They should pre-apply online at drive.mn.gov before visiting their local office. 
      • 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. 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.

Can I renew my standard driver’s license or ID card online?

Yes. Gov. Walz signed a bill into law that waives the photo and vision screening requirement for Minnesotans renewing or replacing their standard driver’s license or identification card. Minnesotans can renew or replace their standard driver’s license or ID card online provided there is no name, address, signature or license number change and your driver’s license is currently valid or expired for less than one year.  Citizens will not be required to complete a vision screening or have a new photo taken until the next time they renew or upgrade their license. 

To renew online, visit https://onlineservices.dps.mn.gov/EServices/_/ and select Apply for a Driver’s License or State ID and follow the prompts. 

Appointments for Minnesota Driver’s Licenses and ID cards

Our Customer Service department offers appointments for Minnesota driver’s license and identification card renewals, replacements due to an address change or if your card was lost or stolen. You can also upgrade to a Real ID or Enhanced DL/ID. Note: upgrades to Real ID or Enhanced cards do require additional documentation.

What type of license are you looking for? Unsure about your options? Click here to find out more: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/dvs/real-id/Pages/license-id-options.aspx

Have you pre-applied for your license? Please do so here before making an appointment: https://driverservices.dps.mn.gov/EServices/_/

How can I make sure my appointment is successful?

  • You will receive multiple email reminders before your appointment.  These contain details about when to arrive, where to wait and safety guidelines for accessing the building.  Please review carefully and contact us at 952-496-8432 if you have any questions. 
  • The most common issue we see is that people bring the wrong Social Security “card”.  This is an example of an acceptable Social Security card.  Notice the blue pillars on the card.  These contain security features that make this card official.

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Please be aware that this social security stub is NOT an acceptable form for proof of social security. This piece (stub) was attached to your official card when it was first received. Contains no security features.

                               

Are you ready to make an appointment? For the best possible experience, you will want to use Chrome or Safari – Internet Explorer may not function properly. *We are currently offering appointments for the next 45 days.  If there are no available times we are booked out, please check back.

New or returning resident to Minnesota

If you are a new or returning resident to Minnesota and have a valid license from another state, please be advised in order to obtain a Minnesota driver’s license you will need pass the knowledge (written) exam before you can apply for your license. We are not an exam office and do not offer any testing at this location.  Click on the link for more information https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/dvs/news/Pages/online-knowledge-testing.aspx 

A standard driver’s license or ID is acceptable for domestic air travel until October 1, 2021.

ARE YOU A VETERAN?

Please let us know!

We’ll need to view your DD 214 at the time of the application.

Minnesota offers veterans the opportunity to display their veteran status on their driver license or state ID card. This can help you obtain discounts and other benefits from local businesses and organizations without having to carry discharge papers with you as proof of service. When you apply for, renew, or update your license you will need to present your DD 214 in order to qualify for the indicator.

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