Anyone who has gone to the License Bureau in the Wright County Government Center knows that, thanks to the failed MNLARS computer system that routinely extends transaction times as well as the conversion to Real ID for driver’s licenses, the wait in line can be excessive. It’s even more frustrating for those who are simply coming to get new license tabs – waiting in line for something that can be accomplished in just a couple of minutes when they finally get to the front of the line.
That doesn’t have to be an issue. There are two available drop boxes where Wright County residents can renew their tabs hassle-free without being stuck in a long, slow moving line. One of the drop boxes is in front of the License Bureau on the first floor of the Wright County Government Center. The other is at the front entrance of the Government Center for those whose schedules don’t coincide with the business hours of the county (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or simply want to drive up and drop off. The front entrance box resembles a mail slot from the outside and is checked every morning by auditor/treasurer staff.
License Bureau Supervisor Becky Aanerud said that the drop boxes are a viable alternative to wasting a lunch hour or time away from a busy day to stand in line for tabs because lines are always a concerns – some days worse than others.
“It depends on the day,” Aanerud said. “At the end of the month when the line is stretching down the hall, the drop boxes definitely get used. A lot of the public don’t realize that we offer this service. If they want to avoid the line, they just have to follow a few routine steps and we mail them out the same day we receive them. The boxes get emptied every day. It’s a convenience for those who don’t want to wait in line or just don’t have the time.”
There are some simple rules to follow to make the transaction through the drop boxes. They are as follows:
List your vehicle insurance company name, policy number and current policy expiration date on your insurance card.
Make a check payable to “Wright County Auditor/Treasurer.”
If paying with cash, pay the exact amount that is due.
Include a phone number in the event there are any questions from license bureau staff.
Confirm that the address of the pre-bill you received is correct.
It is encouraged that people not wait until the last few days of the month to utilize the drop boxes because of the unpredictability of “snail mail.”
Aanerud said that those who have been frustrated waiting behind people making transactions that take much longer than getting new license tabs can avoid the headaches and take a shortcut to keep their tabs current and up to date.
“Nobody likes waiting in lines for a long time,” Aanerud said. “This is a free service that anyone can use and we hope more people will take advantage of it once they know it’s available.”