Driver's License Renewal
On March 28, 2020 Governor Walz signed a bill 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 your driver’s license is expired or expiring soon, you can renew your Minnesota Driver’s License in person at any of our five Anoka County License Centers.
If your Minnesota driver’s license has been expired for more than one year from the expiration date, you will be required to retake the knowledge test at a DVS exam office. Here you can find exam office locations and select knowledge test from the transaction type dropdown.
When Can I Renew my Driver’s License?
Driver and Vehicle Services will mail a postcard reminder approximately 45 days before your Driver’s License expires. You are required to renew your License by your birthday every four years. DVS will allow anyone to renew a Driver’s License beginning September 1st of any given year for any expiration during the following year. This procedure is especially useful for people who will be out of the state for an extended period of time for school or those who reside elsewhere for the winter months.
How to Renew Your Driver’s License
- Complete an application that is available online or in the lobby of each License Center
- Present current Driver’s License for invalidation
- Pay applicable renewal fee
- Vision is screened for driver’s license applicants
- Picture and signature is captured
- Receive temporary License papers while the new card is mailed to you.
What to Bring for License Renewal
- Current Minnesota driver’s license
- Social Security number (SSN)
- Acceptable Payment
Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
In addition to the above information, Minnesota DVS is requiring that all commercial drivers will also need to fill out and complete a Medical Self Certification Form (PDF), and provide a current DOT medical card if the driver is required to carry one by their company.
The State of Minnesota recommends that any person renewing their license for their 21st birthday not do so until at most three weeks before their birthday. The State will not send a driver’s license out until your 21st birthday and renewing too far in advance could result in your temporary license expiring before your new Driver’s License arrives.
The renewal fee is dependent on class of license and endorsements. Please see this Fee Chart for a complete list of fees.