Need to renew a Minnesota driver's license or state ID? Go online!
6/8/2020

Photos of MN driver's licenses

To meet the high demand for driver’s license services across the state, Governor Tim Walz recently signed a bill into law which waives the photo and vision screening requirements for Minnesotans renewing or replacing their standard driver’s license or identification card through June 30, 2021. As the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Driver and Vehicle Services division states, “This only applies when there is no change to the applicant’s name, address, signature, or card number.”

Any individuals who meet the requirements listed above who need a renewed standard driver’s license or state ID, can now apply online. Since the vision and photo portions of the renewal process are temporarily waived, there is no need for these renewals to happen in person.

Driver’s license services that still require in-person processing

If you have a change to your name, address, signature, or card number, or if you require a REAL ID or enhanced ID, these driver’s license applications still need to be processed in person. The Olmsted County Property Records and Licensing department is able to assist with these requests at the Government Center; however, to make an appointment, use the new Olmsted County Online Check-in System. Demand is still high at this time and daily appointments are generally filled by 8 a.m. The Online Check-in System opens for appointments each business day at 7:45 a.m. 

Upon entry into the Government Center, visitors will notice COVID-19 signage and protective measures in place to help ensure physical distancing guidelines are being followed. Anyone visiting the Government Center is encouraged to wear a face covering for the protection of others. Further, we ask all visitors to limit the number of people accompanying them in the building. 

Extension on expired driver’s licenses

Please note that the expiration date for any valid driver's license, instruction permit, provisional license, operator's permit, limited license, and farm work license that has expired during the peacetime emergency has been extended. The extension is good for two months after the month the peacetime emergency ends, currently scheduled for June 12, 2020.

COVID-19 information

For the latest information about COVID-19 in Olmsted County, visit our website. If you have questions related to COVID-19, contact the COVID-19 Community Hotline at 507-328-2822.