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Program: Transportation

Agency: Coronavirus 2020

Resource Number: 67355864
Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services:

7/8/2020 Update: Knowledge tests are only available at DVS exam stations. Appointments are required for class D knowledge tests beginning Monday, July 13; walk-ins will not be accepted. Appointments can be scheduled online beginning Friday, July 10. Individuals are required to wear a face mask and complete a wellness screening to enter a DVS exam station.

6/5/2020 Update: Drivers can now renew their standard driver's license and ID card online in Minnesota, saving them a trip to the DMV. Drivers that do not have a name, address, signature or license number change can do so at drive.mn.gov. This is available for people who still have a valid license/ID or whose license/ID has been expired for less than a year. This applies to applications submitted now through June 30, 2021. 
3 things to know if renewing a standard driver’s license/ID:
- Individuals do not need to rush to renew
- Individuals will not need to complete a vision test or have a photo taken; this will be required next time they renew or upgrade their license.
- Individuals should not visit a DVS exam station to renew unless they need a test.
- If an individual is upgrading to REAL ID or the enhanced driver's license, they still need to go in-person to a deputy registrar or driver's license agent office to complete their application.
- Licenses that expire between March 12 and July 31 of this year have been extended to Aug. 31, Minnesota law notes.

5/26/2020 Update: Individuals should make an appointment if they need to visit a Hennepin County service center. Starting May 26, in-person services will be offered by appointment only at the Brookdale and Ridgedale licensing service centers. No walk-in services will be provided.
Anyone without an appointment will be asked to leave. Services continue to be offered by mail, fax and drop off.
Appointment line:
  • Email servicecenterinfo@hennepin.us and include a phone number to be contacted at or call (612)348-8240 — Due to high call volume wait times may be long
Visitors must must wear a face covering and follow social distancing guidelines. Learn more at hennepin.us/servicecenters

5/15/2020 Update: DPS-DVS to reopen 16 regional exam offices starting Tuesday, May 19.
The offices are located in St. Paul, Arden Hills, Anoka, Eagan, Plymouth, Rochester, Mankato, Marshall, Willmar, Detroit Lakes, St. Cloud, Brainerd, Duluth, Grand Rapids and Bemidji.
The Fairmont location will reopen May 26, with a road test-only option in terms of services. Meanwhile, DPS-DVS states independently-owned and operated deputy registrar and driver's license agent offices can reopen to offer their normal driver and vehicle services beginning May 18.​ More information and office locations can be found here

My driver’s license is expiring but all of the DVS offices are closed?
  • Gov. Walz signed a bill into law March 28 that provides an extension for Minnesotans whose driver's licenses or ID cards expire during the peacetime emergency. The law extends the expiration date for any valid driver's license, instruction permit, provisional license, operator's permit, limited license, and farm work license that would expire during the peacetime emergency. The expiration dates for these licenses will be extended for two months after the month the peacetime emergency ends. If you have already pre-applied at drive.mn.gov, your application will stay in the DPS-DVS system for 30 days.
My vehicle tabs are expiring soon but all of the DVS offices are closed?
  • Minnesotans will still be able to renew vehicle registrations online and by mail during the peacetime emergency. As such, there are no extensions for expired or expiring vehicle registrations.
  • Minnesotans have until the last day of the expiration month to renew their vehicle registration. They must display their registration stickers by the 10th of the following month. For additional information, visit website
Can I complete a Snowbird packet to renew by license?
  • Snowbird procedures cannot be used to renew your license if you are living in Minnesota, per state law. ​
How is COVID-19 affecting road tests?
  • Any customer whose appointment is canceled due to COVID-19 concerns will be given priority for rescheduling once road testing resumes. DPS-DVS will call, email or text those affected to offer the first available day and time for their road test once normal operations resume.  
Can I still contact DVS with questions while DVS offices are closed?Chisago-Isanti County Heartland Express
  • Not charging for any rides for the remainder of 2020
Handi Van
  • Provides rides to and from COVID-19 testing sites in Olmsted County
  • Residents of Olmsted County that qualify for county health, housing and human services benefits can contact their caseworker for a referral for a ride. Individuals not receiving benefits can call (507)281-3600 8 am - 5 pm Monday - Friday to reserve a ride.
  • Rides are free for people receiving benefits. $100 round trip for other individuals.
Metro Mobility
  • Asking individuals to cancel any non-essential trips, especially those with underlying health conditions (diabetes, asthma, or heart disease)
  • Providing free transportation for essential health workers 24 hours/7 days a week. Workers need to show their employee identification badge that shows they are employed in a health care faciliy. Trips can be scheduled up to 4 days in advance. Reservations are taken 6 am - 5 pm/7 day a week. Information on scheduling trips.
Metro Transit and Transit Link
  • On Wednesday, March 25, Metro Transit reduced service system-wide until further notice. Updated schedules are available at metrotransit.org.
  • Beginning Monday, May 18, face coverings are required on buses and trains. Learn more about the requirement
  • Riders are also asked to wait for another trip if there are more than 10 passengers on a 40-foot bus or 15 passengers on a 60-foot bus. For light rail, riders are asked to avoid having more than 15 people in a train car.
  • Most local routes will operate at Saturday service levels
  • Express bus service will be limited
  • Trips on the METRO Blue and Green lines will operate every 20 minutes throughout the day
  • Northstar Commuter Rail will operate two inbound trips weekday mornings and two outbound trips weekday afternoons. There will be no weekend Northstar service.
  • Public transit is restricted for essential use only. Examples include:
    • Commuting to an essential sector job that cannot be performed at home. Essential sectors include health care, public safety, food and child care.
    • Obtaining groceries or other necessary supplies
    • Seeking medical services and medications (do not take transit if sick)
    • To care for a family member, friend or pet in another household
  • Metro Transit: (612)373-3333
  • Transit Link: (651)602-5465
Minnesota Valley Transit Authority
  • On Friday, March 20, MVTA began a reduced bus schedule, MTVA is following a simliar schedule to when schools, restaurants, shopping, and some businesses are closed. Visit the website for additional reduced schedule information.
  • Bus Services SuspendedRed Line, beginning Tuesday, March 17th from 11 pm – 4:30 am until further notice
  • All other bus routes will have reduced service, call or visit website for ride information
  • Provides free rides to medical workers and caregivers at senior facilities within current Connect service area. Medical workers and caregivers are expected to use the pay on board function on the Transloc app and then are expected to show a badge when boarding.
  • (952)882-7500
Nice Ride
  • Offers a 30-day program to give critical healthcare workers free bikeshare memberships. Through Tuesday, June 30, eligible healthcare workers can sign up through their employer to access unlimited 60-minute trips on Classic bikes for 30 days. Essential health care organizations can email herobikes@lyft.com if they want to participate in the program. 
Rochester Public Transit
  • Effective Arpil 1, regular transit service is being reduced
  • (507)328-7433
  • Park and Ride
    • Park and ride service will continue according to a modified schedule. Direct service to Target south and Cub Foods is being suspended
    • The Chateau Theater, RCTC, County Fairgrounds, and IBM Park & Ride lots remain operational
    • Morning peak service on direct routes will be from 5:30 to 8:30 am and from 3 pm to 6 pm
  • Zumbro Independent Passenger Service (ZIPS) will be providing paratransit  service until 8 pm nightly
SouthWest Transit
  • Reduced service schedule effective Monday, March 23rd
  • Service from Carver Station and Chanhassen Transit Station will be suspended until further notice
  • See schedule for additional service details
  • Provides complimentary curb-to-curb transportation available to anyone working at a health care facility within Carver, Chanhassen, Chaska, Eden Prairie, Victoria and Waconia home to work and work to home. Solo rides to ensure safe social distancing. At time of pick-up the individual must show their ID to the driver. Service Hours: 6:30 am - 7 pm Monday - Friday. Reservation Hours: 6:30 am - 6:30 pm Monday - Friday. Call (952)797-7463.
Minnesota Department of Transportation
Remains open and will continue to provide services. Adjusted services, events and operations are listed below.

What’s open:
  • Maintenance and construction services continue
  • Transportation offices remain open to the public
  • Rest areas statewide are currently open. Onsite workers have been provided with personal protective equipment and are using hospital-grade disinfectants every half hour or immediately after multiple people leave a rest area building.
  • While all Minnesotans are being encouraged to stay home as much as possible and avoid non-essential travel, roads and state highways remain open. (Note that some closures are possible due to weather, flooding or other circumstances unrelated to COVID-19. Please check 511mn.org for latest conditions in the area.)
Postponed events:
  • All previously scheduled MnDOT-hosted meetings, conferences, training and other programs
  • Open houses for upcoming construction projects through at least April 15. The agency is looking at alternative ways to host these meetings online and gather public input.
Although offices are open, the public is encouraged to do business by phone, email or online. Here are some options:

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Last Verified On: 6/25/2020

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