Lines were not short at the DMV when they reopened on Tuesday

They had been closed since mid-March.
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It turns out when places like the DMV are closed for two months, the demand when they reopen is great. 

Fourteen of Minnesota's driver's license facilities reopened on Tuesday for knowledge tests, permit applications, motorcycle and commercial driver's license road tests after being closed due to the state's stay-at-home order. 

And the lines were not short. 

The DMV is notorious for having long lines, but not usually like this.

Don Ristow of Forest Lake told the Pioneer Press he'd been waiting for six hours outside the North Metro Exam Station in Arden Hills and there were 20 people still ahead of him. 

According to the Department of Public Safety's Department of Vehicle Services (DPS-DVS), on Tuesday 1,344 Minnesotans took a knowledge test, 1,010 Minnesotans submitted applications and 587 Minnesotans used a virtual lobby at three exam stations. 

In total, approximately 13,500 road tests were canceled in Minnesota since the stay-at-home order went into effect in March. 

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Exam stations reopened May 19 and will be open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (except May 25, Memorial Day). Class D road tests will be available beginning May 26. Additionally, those taking road tests will be able to schedule appointments as early as 7 a.m. or as late as 5:30 p.m., but those who saw their appointments postponed will get priority. 

When you visit an exam station, DPS-DVS has social distancing floor decals, wellness screenings and a virtual lobby so people don't have to wait inside the exam station. Here's a video that explains what to expect when you visit a DMV during the coronavirus pandemic.

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