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Posted on: April 6, 2020

License Bureau Now Able to Process Motor Vehicle Paperwork After Two-Week Shutdown

At 5:07 p.m. Friday, Emma Corrie, director of Driver and Vehicle Services for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, released a memo stating that local license bureaus and deputy registrars can begin processing motor vehicle title and registration documents and other functions of their offices (such as license tabs) can start being processed as of today (Monday, April 6).

In the memo, Corrie said that those services that are allowed include title transfers, dealer work, renewal registrations (license tabs and plates), duplicate titles and vehicle permits.

It should be noted that driver’s licenses and identification cards that require a photo being taken are still not allowed under the new guidelines for a partial re-opening of license bureaus.

The drop boxes located at the front entrance of the Wright County Government Center and in front of the Wright County License Bureau inside the Government Center are where residents can bring the paperwork for those services or they can be mailed to Wright County License Bureau, 10 2nd St. NW Room 160, Buffalo, MN 55313. Until further notice, the public facing counters of the license bureau will remain closed.

For those interested in Corrie’s memo to begin processing vehicle-related documents, it is provided here:

Driver and Vehicle Services’ Guidance on Executive Order 20-20
Directing Minnesotans to Stay at Home

Minnesotans are working together to slow the spread of COVID-19 by following Governor Walz’s Executive Order 20-20 – Directing Minnesotans to Stay at Home. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services (DPS-DVS) division has been working to determine how best to provide a safe environment for customers and employees, while also providing exceptional service.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recently updated its “Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce” to include “Department of Motor Vehicle employees.” DVS has determined this updated advisory includes our state’s deputy registrars.

What you need to know:

  • Beginning Monday, April 6, deputy registrars may offer motor vehicle title and registration services in accordance with Executive Order 20-20 and CISA guidance.
  • Over the counter, face-to-face services are prohibited.
  • Deputy registrars are not required to provide services and may remain closed for the duration of Executive Order 20-20.
  • Each office must determine how it can offer service while adhering to Executive Order 20-20 and social distancing recommendations.
    Such as: Drop boxes
  • Deputy registrars cannot process driver’s license and identification cards. Gov. Walz signed a bill into law March 28 that provides an extension for Minnesotans whose driver’s licenses or ID cards expire during the peacetime emergency.

    The law extends the expiration date for any valid driver’s license, instruction permit, provisional license, operator’s permit, limited license, and farm work license that would expire during the peacetime emergency. The expiration dates for these licenses will be extended for two months after the month the peacetime emergency ends.

Types of Services Allowed

  • Title transfers
  • Dealer work
  • Renewal registrations
  • Duplicate titles
  • Vehicle permits

This is a challenging time and an ongoing and evolving situation. However, DPS-DVS continues to work to ensure the health and safety of our customers, employees and business partners. We will update the guidance and information we share on a regular basis.

Thank you for your support and feedback during this unprecedented time.

Emma Corrie
Director, Driver and Vehicle Services

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