Renewing your driver’s license in Minnesota is a fairly straightforward process. This quick guide will give you all the information you need to make your renewal as painless as possible.
Your Minnesota driver’s license will be valid for four years and expire on your birthday, with a few factors to consider:
In addition, Minnesota does not have a grace period for expired licenses. If you are even a day overdue on your renewal, you will need to take additional tests to renew your license. Also, if you are pulled over with an expired license, you will face penalties and fines.
Minnesota residents can renew their standard driver’s license or id online if they do not need to make any changes to the information on it. If you have a REAL-ID or need to make changes, you will need to visit a DVS Office or Driver and Vehicle Services Exam Station in person.
Follow these steps to renew your license in-person:
If you are renewing a standard License or ID, you can do it online as long as you do not need to change any information on it. You can start the process here.
A REAL-ID is a new security measure in travel. When you try to board an airplane or enter a government or military facility, you will be required to show either a REAL-ID or multiple forms of identification. Your State ID alone will not be enough to serve as proof of identity in these places after Oct 1, 2021.
You can not renew your MN driver’s license when it is suspended or revoked. Nor can you renew when there are outstanding fees and fines on your driving record.
You can check your driving record by filling out this form, or via the following methods:
Driver and Vehicle Services – Central Office
Town Square Building
445 Minnesota Street, Suite 190
Saint Paul, MN 55101-5190
Driver’s License: DVS.email@example.com
Motor Vehicle: DVS.firstname.lastname@example.org
Records Unit: (651) 296-2940
Assistance for deaf or hard of hearing callers (TDD/TTY): (651) 282-6555
If your current Minnesota driver’s license is lost, damaged, or stolen, you will need to apply for a duplicate license and pay the appropriate fees.
The fees will vary depending on the type of license you want to renew. You can find a complete list of the current fees here.
If you change your legal name or address, you have 30 days from the change to renew or apply for a new license at any Minnesota Driver’s License Office location.