With approximately 13,500 road tests canceled in Minnesota since the coronavirus-related stay-at-home order went into effect in March, the state Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services (DPS-DVS) is set to play catch-up as it resumes driving tests and other services beginning later this month.
For starters, DPS-DVS services will again be available to the public beginning Tuesday, May 19, with road tests resume the following Tuesday, May 26.
Scheduling a new Class D road test remains impossible for now because the approximately 12,500 student-drivers who saw their appointments postponed because of the lockdown will get priority.
“We are prioritizing the needs of Minnesotans who couldn’t take their knowledge or road test during the past several weeks by allowing DPS-DVS exam station staff to focus on testing services," said DPS-DVS Director Emma Corrie.
Through the end of the year, DPS-DVS plans to administer around 111,500 road tests, including the thousands of tests that were postponed during the shutdown.
Everyone who had a road test canceled in March, April or May will be emailed by DPS-DVS with rescheduling options. You can go online to drive.mn.gov and reschedule by clicking the Schedule or Reschedule an Exam link.
Road tests will be available at 16 exam stations in the following cities: St. Paul, Arden Hills, Anoka, Eagan, Plymouth, Rochester, Mankato, Fairmont (road test only, opening May 26), Marshall, Willmar, Detroit Lakes, St. Cloud, Brainerd, Duluth, Grand Rapids, and Bemidji.
All exam stations will be open May 19-22 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., providing service for knowledge tests, permit applications, motorcycle and commercial driver's license (CDL) road tests. There were approximately 1,000 CDL road tests postponed during the stay-at-home order.
Class D road tests will be available beginning May 26, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 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 again, those who saw their appointments postponed will get priority.
Upon entering an exam station, all staff and customers will go through a wellness screening that features health questions, including:
– Have you been in close and prolonged physical contact (within less than 6 feet for at least 10 minutes) with an individual who has tested positive for or been diagnosed with COVID-19, or exposed to their cough or sneeze, within the last 14 calendar days; or have you tested positive for or been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 calendar days?
– Have you had a fever or felt feverish in the past 72 hours?
– Have you taken any fever-reducing medication to reduce a fever in the past 72 hours
– Have you had cough, shortness of breath, or any other symptoms of COVID-19 (muscle aches, headache, sore throat, diarrhea, or loss of taste or smell) within the last 72 hours?
Temperature checks will be optional and provided by staff. Anyone with a temp of 100.4 degrees or higher, or anyone who answers "yes" or refuses to answer the above questions, will not be permitted in the exam station.
Those taking the Class D road test must have their temperature taken before beginning. Instructors will ride inside vehicles for these tests, but will follow truck drivers attempting to pass a CDL road test in a separate vehicle to allow for better social distancing practices.
Of the 1,000 or so CDL road test applicants who had appointments postponed will be contacted by DPS-DVS.
If you have an expired driver's license and weren't able to renew it during the shutdown, you'll now be able to do so (or get a new ID) by applying online at drive.mn.gov and visiting your local deputy registrar or driver's license agent office and completing an application in-person.