Time's Running Out On Driver's License Registration Extension

Between March 2020 and February 2021 about 300,000 Minnesota driver's licenses expired, Reg Chapman reports (2:04). WCCO 4 News At 6 - March 26, 2021

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- Driver's license extensions made during the COVID-19 shutdown will expire in less than a week.

- It's why officials are urging Minnesotans to make plans to renew between March of 2020 and February 2021. About 300,000 Minnesota driver's license expired. Governor Walz extended the expiration date to March 31, 2021. As Reg Chapman reports, it's time to renew-- now.

REG CHAPMAN: The Department of Vehicle Services sent letters to people whose driver's licenses will expire at the end of the month, letting them know they have less than a week to act.

RALPH BANDZ: It said, like, you got one week to renew your license, or it will be suspended.

REG CHAPMAN: Ralph Bandz was one of the 132,000 Minnesotans who need to renew their licenses.

RALPH BANDZ: It did expire during COVID, and this is at the time where it first happened. So it's actually been a while now.

REG CHAPMAN: He was able to make an appointment online and get his driver's license renewed before the extension signed into law by Governor Walz expires March 31.

RALPH BANDZ: The process is pretty smooth. Especially due to COVID, they have made things a lot easier. So you can actually do half of the application online. So when you do get your appointment set up, or if you do come in, they already have your information and just click.

REG CHAPMAN: Minnesotans have options to renew their expiring driver's licenses or ID card.

EMMA CORRIE: From the comfort of your home, you can renew online at drive.mn.gov. You can renew your standard license right from your home online at that address. Your second option is to come into one of our DVS locations. We are here. We are ready. We are staffed to serve you.

REG CHAPMAN: Some DVS locations only accept appointments, but there are some where it's first come, first serve, and no appointment is necessary.

RALPH BANDZ: As long as you have all your documentation, you're good.

REG CHAPMAN: Having a plan and being prepared is all Bandz says is needed to stay legal when you are behind the wheel. In Brooklyn Center, Reg Chapman, WCCO 4 News.

- If you're not making changes to your license like a name or address, then it's certainly easier to go online to renew. So good luck with that information at WCCO.com.