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Minnesotans can now renew their standard driver's license online

A new law saves you a trip to the DMV.

Drivers can now renew their standard driver's license and ID card online in Minnesota, saving them a trip to the DMV.

Gov. Tim Walz on May 27 signed into law the omnibus transportation bill, which includes language that waives the photo and vision screening requirement for Minnesotans who are renewing or replacing their standard driver's license or identification card. 

This new law makes it easier for Minnesotans to renew or replace their license and ID amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Minnesotans looking to renew or replace their standard driver's license or ID card and do not have a name, address, signature or license number change can do so at drive.mn.gov. This is available for people who still have a valid license/ID or whose license/ID has been expired for less than a year.

Those who renew their standard license or ID card online, while the photo and vision requirement is waived, won't be required to complete the vision screening or have a new photo taken until the next time they renew or upgrade their license, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's Driver Vehicle Services website says. This applies to applications submitted now through June 30, 2021. 

These new rules are only for people looking to renew or replace standard driver's licenses and IDs. If you are upgrading to REAL ID or the enhanced driver's license, you still need to go in-person to a deputy registrar or driver's license agent office to complete your application. (You can still pre-apply online to help save time, though.)

For licenses that expire between March 12 and July 31 of this year have been extended to Aug. 31, Minnesota law notes.

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