Enhanced (EDL / EID)
Status Update – 07/01/2021
Currently we are operating on a hybrid customer service model. What does that mean? At this time, all driver’s license and identification card transactions are required to have an appointment for service. This includes renewals, duplicates for an address or name change, lost or stolen licenses, and upgrades to Real or Enhanced DL/IDs. Upgrades to Real ID or Enhanced ID do require additional documentation. Make an appointment here.
All other services such as tabs, title transfers, disability certificates, duplicate titles, marriage license applications, birth/death/marriage certificates (along with additional deputy registrar services) can be processed by one of the following methods:
- Standby service: add your name to our standby list either from home or once you are in the building. Our system will inform you of your place in line. Availability is subject to current capacity limits and you must be in the building when your name is called in order to be served. Add your name to our standby list (starts daily at 8am)
- Via drop box (located in the circular drive on Atwood St between 4th and 5th Avenues) or mail. Please ensure that all transactions have a phone number enclosed. Your request will be processed in the order it was received and returned via mail.
Questions? Call or reach out to us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have staff ready and available to answer your questions from 8 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday – Friday.
Real ID update 5/6/2021
REAL ID Federal Enforcement Deadline Extended to May 3, 2023
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is extending the REAL ID full enforcement deadline to May 3, 2023. The deadline was previously set for later this year.
"Protecting the health, safety, and security of our communities is our top priority," said DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. "As our country continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, extending the REAL ID full enforcement deadline will give states needed time to reopen their driver's licensing operations and ensure their residents can obtain a REAL ID-compliant license or identification card."
Beginning May 3, 2023, Minnesotans will not be able to use their standard driver's license to board domestic flights or enter federal facilities. Instead, they will need a REAL ID, enhanced driver's license or ID card, passport or passport card or another acceptable form of identification for federal purposes.
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 a name change, 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/_/
How can I make sure my appointment is successful?
- You will receive multiple email reminders before your appointment. These contain details about when to arrive, where to wait and safety guidelines for accessing the building. Please review carefully and contact us at 952-496-8432 if you have any questions.
- The most common issue we see is that people bring the wrong Social Security “card”. This is an example of an acceptable Social Security card. Notice the blue pillars on the card. These contain security features that make this card official.
Please be aware that this social security stub is NOT an acceptable form for proof of social security. This piece (stub) was attached to your official card when it was first received. Contains no security features.
Are you ready to make an appointment? For the best possible experience, you will want to use Chrome or Safari – Internet Explorer may not function properly. *We are currently offering appointments for the next 21 days. If there are no available times we are booked out, please check back.
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.
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).