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DVS: ID cards that expired during pandemic can be used to register to vote in primary election

DVS: ID cards that expired during pandemic can be used to register to vote in primary election Photo: KSTP-TV.

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Updated: July 31, 2020 03:45 PM
Created: July 31, 2020 02:34 PM

Minnesotans with driver's licenses, learner's permits and identification cards that expired during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency can use those IDs as valid proof of residency to register to vote in the upcoming primary election.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division (DPS-DVS) said it has sent that guidance to Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon ahead of the primary election, which is on Aug. 11.

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"Gov. Walz signed legislation extending driver's license, permit and ID card expiration dates to give Minnesotans more time to renew, so they don't have to put their health at risk by visiting an office in person during the COVID-19 pandemic," DPS-DVS Director Emma Corrie said. "We want to make sure that those affected do not face any confusion that may prevent them from voting in the August primary election."

The new laws extend expiration dates by two months on driver's licenses, learner's permits and identification cards that expired during the peacetime emergency or the month after it ends.

According to DPS-DVS:

  • DPS-DVS will automatically extend the expiration to Oct. 31 for any driver's license, ID card or permit that would have expired between March 13 and Sept. 30. If the COVID-19 peacetime emergency is extended past Aug. 12, the extension will also be extended.
  • Minnesotans will not receive a new credential, but their record will reflect the new expiration date.
  • Any valid driver's license, instruction permit (including commercial learner's permits), provisional license, operator's permit, limited license and farm work license is included, as is a valid out-state driver's license, ID car or permit.

DPS-DVS said the federal government regulations commercial driver's licenses so Minnesota CDLs are extended only through the federal waiver period, which is currently Sept. 30, 2020.

Below are the renewal options:

  • Minnesotans can renew their standard driver's license or ID card online if they do not need to change their name, address, signature or card number. To renew online, visit drive.mn.gov and select Apply for or Renew a Driver's License or State ID. DPS-DVS launched online standard license renewal on June 3 after 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 ID card. 
  • Minnesotans can renew their standard driver's license or ID card, or apply for a REAL ID or enhanced driver's license or D card in person at an open deputy registrar or driver's license agent office. The majority of these independently owned and operated offices have reopened. Some require appointments. Office locations, hours and service information is on the DVS locations page.

You can find more information here.


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