The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services
division has begun issuing redesigned driver’s licenses and
identification (ID) cards.
The redesigned cards are available at all driver’s license service
centers statewide and will replace the previous design that has been in
use since 2004.
The new design will be applied to all driver’s license and ID cards
issued by the State of Minnesota.
In addition, a vertical driver’s license or identification card will be
issued to anyone under age 21.
This provides a quick reference that the cardholder is a minor.
Vertical license and ID cards are currently used in 46 other states.
New Temporary Credential (Receipt)
Minnesota drivers are now receiving a “new look”
temporary credential (receipt) when they renew or apply for a new
driver’s license or ID card. The receipt ensures that people will
havevalid driving privileges and identification (using the expired or
voided license and the receipt) until their new license arrives.
DVS began issuing the newly designed receipt Oct. 1, 2018
and then updated the format on Oct. 18, 2018.
There are three possible options for receipts now in
The temporary credential now has a box in the lower right
corner that says “(DVS/PAID STAMP ONLY)”. This credential is only valid
with the proper validation stamp (the DVS “Departmentof Public Safety”
stamp or deputies “Paid” stamp), just like the old receipts.
Receipts issued from Oct. 1 through Oct.17 did not have
the box for a stamped validation; however, these credentials are still
valid, even without the stamp.
Some customers still have an old yellow receipt issued
before Oct. 1. Those receipts are valid as long as they are properly
stamped. If a customer has an expired temporary credential,they must
have the expiration date extended at a DL agent office or Exam Station.
The new temporary credentials include several features:
You will now find the expiration date for the temporary
on the top right corner, above the date of birth. That means you no
longer need to calculate days from the application date to determine if
it is valid.
DVS has increased the time that temporary credentials are
valid, from 60 days to 120 days. This was done prior to the new computer
system launch, to ensure that any increased workload at DVS, influx of
customers or other unforeseen circumstances do not inconvenience
Minnesotans or driver’s license agents.
A photo and signature of the applicant, unless the
credential has been issued as “Valid without Photo” per Minnesota law,
is now printed on the receipt.
A barcode is included with the same applicant information
found on a driver’s license or ID car.