Enhanced (EDL / EID)

Updated 4/9/2021

Minnesotans with driver's licenses or ID cards that expired March 31 when COVID-19 extensions ended, who have not renewed no longer have valid driver's licenses or ID cards. These cardholders should renew as soon as possible. No testing is required as long as a driver's license is expired less than one year and was in good standing prior to expiring.

  • Renew a standard driver's license online at drive.mn.gov. 
    • This convenient option is available for standard driver's licenses or ID cards that do not require name, address, signature or driver's license number changes. Your driver's license or ID card must be valid or expired less than one year. A person's record is updated as soon as the online application is complete.
  • Renew in person at a regional DVS exam station, deputy registrar or driver's license agent office
    • Minnesotans must use this option to make changes to their driver's license or ID card or apply for a REAL ID or enhanced driver's license or ID card. They should pre-apply online at drive.mn.gov before visiting their local office. 
      • Those who choose to apply for a REAL ID will not be able to use their expired driver's license or ID card as a valid proof of Minnesota residence. State and federal law require valid driver's licenses or ID cards for proof of residence. REAL ID applicants will need to select two other options from the required document list.
  • Regional DVS exam stations accept driver's license renewals and applications on a first-come-first-served basis. No appointments are required. Customers check into a virtual lobby at the office entrance and wait in their vehicle until they receive a text that it is their turn for service. 
  • Deputy registrar and driver's license agent offices are independently owned and operated. Many require appointments for all services and have limited appointments available. Locations and service information are on the DPS-DVS website.

Can I renew my standard driver’s license or ID card online?

Yes. Gov. Walz signed a bill into law that waives the photo and vision screening requirement for Minnesotans renewing or replacing their standard driver’s license or identification card. Minnesotans can renew or replace their standard driver’s license or ID card online provided there is no name, address, signature or license number change and your driver’s license is currently valid or expired for less than one year.  Citizens will not be required to complete a vision screening or have a new photo taken until the next time they renew or upgrade their license. 

To renew online, visit https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/dvs/news/Pages/online-knowledge-testing.aspx and select Apply for a Driver’s License or State ID and follow the prompts. 

Appointments for Minnesota Driver’s Licenses and ID cards

Our Customer Service department offers appointments for Minnesota driver’s license and identification card renewals, replacements due to an address change or if your card was lost or stolen. You can also upgrade to a Real ID or Enhanced DL/ID. Note: upgrades to Real ID or Enhanced cards do require additional documentation.

What type of license are you looking for? Unsure about your options? Click here to find out more: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/dvs/real-id/Pages/license-id-options.aspx

Have you pre-applied for your license? Please do so here before making an appointment: https://driverservices.dps.mn.gov/EServices/_/

New or returning resident to Minnesota

If you are a new or returning resident to Minnesota and have a valid license from another state, please be advised in order to obtain a Minnesota driver’s license you will need pass the knowledge (written) exam before you can apply for your license. We are not an exam office and do not offer any testing at this location.  Click on the link for more information https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/dvs/news/Pages/online-knowledge-testing.aspx

A standard driver’s license or ID is acceptable for domestic air travel until October 1st, 2021.

What is an EDL card?

It is a dual-purpose, optional card designed for the user's convenience. In addition to serving as a typical driver's license, the card allows a Minnesota resident to re-enter the U.S. at its land or seaports when returning from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or the Caribbean. This flexibility speeds your passage back across the border. They verify your identity and citizenship – no other proof is required. EDL cards are among the federally-approved border-crossing documents required under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI). An EDL is also available to a Minnesota driver who qualifies for a commercial driver license (CDL).

  • An EDL/EID can be used as a cross-border travel document (in lieu of a passport) to re-enter the U.S. by land and sea, from Canada, Mexico, and some countries in the Caribbean.
  • An EDL/EID denotes both identity and citizenship, in accordance with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI).
  • An EDL/EID is not valid for international air travel.
  • An EDL/EID has a radio frequency identification (RFID) chip embedded in the card.
  • The RFID chip contains a unique number assigned to each EDL/EID card. It does not include any biometric data (e.g. fingerprints, facial recognition, etc.)
  • Several states already offer EDL/EID’s.
  • Minnesotans may opt for, but are not required, to obtain an EDL/EID.
  • An EDL/EID must be mailed to the Minnesota residential address that appears on the EDL/EID card.

You can apply for an EDL or EID at any time

  

  • At the time your current driver license or ID is due for renewal
  • First time application for your driver’s license (and learner’s permit) or non-driver photo ID card
  • Replace your current driver’s license prior to the date you are due for renewal, with no change in the expiration date of your license
  • At time of application: You will be asked to complete an Interview Questionnaire; please allow extra time when applying. An application takes between 4-6 weeks to process.
  • Identification Documentation for EDL/EID-Must provide proof of: Date of Birth, Full Legal Name, Social Security Number, Photographic Identity, United States Citizenship and Minnesota Residency. View EDL/EID Identification Requirements (PDF).

Renewing an EDL or EID

  

  • Additional documentation is only required if you are changing your name or Minnesota residence address. You will be required to provide Proof of Full Legal Name & Proof of Minnesota Residency. View EDL/EID Identification Requirements (PDF).