Real ID Drivers License or ID

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://dps.mn.gov/divisions/dvs/news/Pages/online-knowledge-testing.aspx 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/_/

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 1st, 2021.

What is a Real ID Drivers License or ID?

The REAL ID Act establishes minimum standards for proof of identity and requires applicants to meet these standards when applying for a compliant card. Proof of identity, Social Security number, and Minnesota residence address must be presented at the time the first application for a REAL ID compliant card is made, even if you have previously submitted such documents when applying for a Minnesota Driver’s License or Identification Card. Original documents are required. Photocopies, scans, and faxes will not be accepted. 

You may renew your current Minnesota Driver’s License or Identification Card without presenting any additional documentation. If you opt not to apply for a REAL ID compliant card, the card you receive will be marked as not for federal purposes. You may only have one REAL ID compliant card, regular card, or enhanced card. You cannot have more than one Minnesota Driver’s License or Identification Card. 

What do I need to apply for a Real ID?

Real ID Requirements (PDF)

Cost

Cost varies for class and any endorsements you might have  

You can pay with cash, check (payable to Scott County) or credit card. If you pay with a credit card you will be paying a 2.45% convenience fee.